Thailand yet to decide on indicting ex-PM Thaksin in royal insult case

By Thomson Reuters Apr 9, 2024 | 7:40 PM

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s attorney-general will postpone a hearing with influential former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on whether to indict him over a royal insult complaint, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

“The attorney-general is still investigating the case,” Winyat Chartmontri told Reuters, adding that prosecutors would advise of the next hearing date later in the day.

Political heavyweight Thaksin, who was released from detention in February after returning in 2023 from 15 years of self-imposed exile, has repeatedly pledged his loyalty to the crown, insults to which are punishable by jail under Thai law.

The complaint, made by the royalist military, stemmed from an interview the tycoon gave to foreign media in 2015.

(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Chayut Setboonsarng; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)