Bangkok police have launched an inquiry into whether a controversial speech by US ambassador Glyn T Davies condemning long prison sentences for lese majeste convictions violated Thailand’s royal defamation law.

Glyn T. Davies
Glyn T. Davies

Police at the Lumpini station began their initial probe after a complaint was filed against the US ambassador for his Nov 25 comments at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand.

In the speech, he expressed the US government’s concern over the “unprecedented” prison terms handed down for violations of Section 112 of the Criminal Code, as well as the application of the country’s criminal defamation laws.

The speech sparked a protest by ultra-nationalists outside the American embassy Nov 28.  Read More

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