Thai billionaire and opposition figure charged with royal insult over COVID-19 vaccine video
A billionaire Thai opposition figure was charged Tuesday with defaming the monarchy after he questioned the government's alleged over-reliance on ...
Thai billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit founded the now-dissolved Future Forward Party AFP/Lillian SUWANRUMPHA30 Mar 2021 07:24PMShare this contentBookmarkBANGKOK: A Thai billionaire and opposition figure was charged on Tuesday (Mar 30) with defaming the monarchy after he questioned the government's reliance on COVID-19 vaccines made by a company linked to the royal family.
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, founder of the now-dissolved Future Forward Party, posted a video on Facebook in January in which he queried whether Thailand was leaning too heavily on Siam Bioscience for its vaccination campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisement
Siam Bioscience is owned by the Crown Property Bureau which manages the royal family's multi-billion-dollar fortune.A Bangkok criminal court on Tuesday charged Thanathorn with lese majeste and a computer crime over that video - but he was defiant. headtopics.com
"It has had a positive result - encouraging the government to reassess the vaccine policy to manage the COVID-19 situation. There is nothing to worry about," he said outside the court."(The police) did not bring up any quotes or anything that was said specifically. It was generally a charge for speaking via Facebook."
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