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Thai Police Charge Ex-Lawmaker With Insulting Monarchy in Tweet

Piyabutr Saengkanokkul
Piyabutr SaengkanokkulPhotographer: Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Thai police charged a former opposition lawmaker with lese majeste on Monday over calls to reform the country’s powerful monarchy as authorities step up crackdowns on royal critics.  

Piyabutr Saengkanokkul is the second former executive of the now-disbanded Future Forward Party, which came third in the 2019 general election, to be charged under the royal defamation law. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the party’s leader and a high-profile government critic, was charged under the same law last year for slamming the nation’s vaccine strategy, which he claimed relied too much on a company owned by King Maha Vajiralongkorn.