Thai cops probe reporter’s wife in ‘royal insult’ case

BANGKOK: Thai police has questioned the wife of a British journalist over his social media links to unflattering photos alleged to be of the kingdom’s crown prince, in a country where insulting the royals carries heavy jail terms.

Detectives yesterday said the photos were fake and questioned Noppawan Bunluesilp, 39, the Thai wife of former Bangkok-based correspondent and strident Thai monarchy critic Andrew MacGregor Marshall, at a police station in the capital over her husband’s posts linking to the pictures.

The Twitter and Facebook post linked to a web article in German tabloid Bild with photos apparently showing 63-year-old Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn at an airport in Germany.

The link to the page was blocked yesterday in Thailand for carrying “inappropriate content”.

“The pictures were doctored,” said Thitirat Nongharnpitak, commander of the Central Investigation Bureau.

“The culprit is Andrew MacGregor Marshall, who has violated lese majeste laws for several years,” he said, adding that “he has acted from overseas to attack” the royal family. — AFP

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