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In Thailand Police seek Interpol help to hunt down lese-majesty fugitives

Police said there was no guarantee that foreign Interpol representatives would comply with the request

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(Asian Correspondence)

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Thai Police are seeking cooperation from Interpol in hunting down and prosecuting overseas violators of lese-majesty laws, a police source confirmed on Thursday.

Police said there was no guarantee that foreign Interpol representatives would comply with the Thai Police’s  request, and that extradition of any suspects would take time.

Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya earlier said that 19 suspects from seven countries were currently being sought for breaking the laws.

Thailand has heightened surveillance of online content, following the death of the country’s king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, on Oct. 13.

The Thai government recently requested that certain videos be removed from online platform YouTube.

Report says Thailand’s lese-majesty laws are among the toughest in the world and speaking ill of the royal family can lead to up to 15 years imprisonment. 

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