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<p>Thai police arrested six people as part of a “criminal organization” for distributing online materials allegedly defaming the monarchy. &nbsp;</p> <p>Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri, spokesperson of the Royal Thai Police, held a press briefing on Monday on the arrests of six lèse majesté suspects: Damrong S., Siwaporn P., Ngernkoon U., Paisit J., Anchan P., and Tara W.</p>
<div>Thai police recently arrested a man solely for Facebook messages sent to another lèse majesté suspect in military custody.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The man claimed the messages were merely an exchange of views about politics, but the police said he was supplying lèse majesté content to another suspect through the chat and that they were part of the “movement” to defame the monarchy on Facebook. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jamroen S., a 59-year-old civil servant, was arrested in early January by the military and police. </div>
<p dir="ltr">The Appeal Court granted bail to an ex-lese majeste convict, sentenced to jail for failing to report himself to the junta after the coup.</p> <p>The Appeal Court on Monday granted bail to Nat S., a former lese majeste convict who was first to be sentenced to prison without suspension for defying junta’s order, after the defence lawyer submitted 40,000 bail request. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>