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Thai progressive leader indicted on charge of defaming king

BANGKOK (AP) – A popular leader of Thailand’s progressive political movement has vowed to continue his activities despite being indicted on charges of defaming the king and violating a law on online activity which carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison.

Co-founder of the court-disbanded Future Forward Party Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit was indicted on Monday for comments he made in January last year about the awarding of a government COVID-19 vaccine production contract to a company owned by King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

His comments were part of a general criticism that the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha bungled its vaccination campaign by failing to ensure timely, adequate and effective supplies.

More details on Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin

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