Push for crit­ics’ re­turn

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BANGKOK: Thai­land’s top se­cu­rity of­fi­cer will go to neigh­bour­ing Laos to push for the ex­tra­di­tion of crit­ics of the Thai monar­chy, says Thai­land’s de­fence min­is­ter.

In­sult­ing the monar­chy car­ries a jail term of up to 15 years in Thai­land and pros­e­cutions have risen since the death last Oc­to­ber of King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej. His son, King Maha Va­ji­ra­longkorn, has taken the throne.

The gov­ern­ment has asked seven coun­tries, in­clud­ing Laos, to ex­tra­dite a to­tal of 19 sus­pects ac­cused of the crime of lese ma­jeste. None has said it would.

Gen­eral Thawip Net­niyom, the head of the Thai Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, would travel to Laos to fol­low up on the re­quest. – Reuters

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