Wipas Raksakulthai

Wipas Raksakulthai

Location: Rayong, Thailand
12° 49' 51.042" N, 101° 26' 2.094" E
Status: Under Arrest
Arrested on 29 Apr 2010

Thai authorities have arrested and charged an anti-government "Red Shirt" sympathiser for allegedly insulting the kingdom's royal family on Facebook, police said Friday.

Wipas Raksakulthai, 37, was arrested at his home in eastern Rayong province on April 29, 2010, accused of violating the country's lese majeste legislation with a posting on the social networking website last month. "Wipas has posted an inappropriate message and breached national security by insulting the monarchy on Facebook on March 19," Thailand's department of special investigations said.

The department's statement said the suspect admitted he was supporter of the Red Shirt movement, which has occupied key areas in the Thai capital in attempt to force snap elections, but he denied insulting the monarchy.

Under the Thai criminal code, insulting the monarchy or a member of royal family can result in jail terms of up to 15 years.

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