Thai minister asks French diplomat to extradite lese majeste suspects

Khaosod English: Thailand's Minister of Justice said he has asked the French ambassador to help extradite Thais charged with insulting the monarchy, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Gen. Paiboon Khumchaya met with the ambassador, Thierry Viteau, at the Ministry of Justice yesterday. 

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Gen. Paiboon said he told Viteau about three Thais who fled to France and are facing charges of lese majeste (defaming the monarchy).

Gen. Paiboon said he asked Viteau to "understand" the nature of the wrongdoing and help facilitate the suspects’ extradition to Thailand. 

"I have explained and created understanding with Mr. Thierry about the cases that affect national security and the Thai monarchy," Gen. Paiboon said. "I have explained to him in detail about how each individual is related to the security of the monarchy, and to political security."


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