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Thai woman arrested for criticising royal family

With police at her shoulder, a woman on Koh Samui bows before a portrait of the late king.
With police at her shoulder, a woman on Koh Samui bows before a portrait of the late king. Stephen Lloyd

A WOMAN on the Thai tourist island of Koh Samui has been forced to bow before the late king's portrait for criticising the royal family in social media comments.

A video posted online shows the arrested woman being forced to kneel and bow in front of a picture on her way in and out of the police station as a large crowd of onlookers jeer.

She has been charged with insulting the royal family.

Under Thai law, anyone who "defames, insults or threatens” the king, the queen, the heir-apparent or the regent will be punished with up to 15 years in prison.



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