Top Thai activist Arnon jailed four years for royal insults

Arnon Nampa, a prominent activist and former human rights lawyer, flashes a three finger salute as he arrives ahead of a Thai criminal court's verdict in a case of allegedly having insulted the monarchy, at the criminal court in Bangkok on Sept 26, 2023. - Reuters

BANGKOK (AFP): A Thai court on Tuesday (Sept 26) jailed one of the leading figures in the kingdom's youth-led pro-democracy protest movement for four years on royal insult charges.

Arnon Numpa was convicted under Thailand's tough lese-majeste laws over a speech he made in Bangkok in 2020 at the height of the street demonstrations.

Arnon was one of a number of protesters who made unprecedented calls for reform to the legislation, which protects King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his close family from criticism.

Bangkok's Criminal Court ruled Tuesday that Anon's speech at Democracy Monument amounted to lese-majeste, sentencing him to four years in prison.

He was also fined 20,000 baht ($550) for violating an emergency decree in effect at the time.

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