10 May '11, 4pm

Thai historian to be charged with insulting monarchy

BANGKOK - THAI authorities drew anger from academics on Tuesday after they summoned a prominent historian to face a charge of insulting the monarchy, following his public calls for the institution to be reformed. Somsak Jeamteerasakul, a lecturer at Thammasat University in Bangkok, has been called up to be formally accused of lese majeste on Wednesday morning, Police Colonel Mana Phaochauy told AFP, without giving further details. Lese majeste is a serious offence in Thailand, punishable by up to 15 years in jail, and the monarchy is an extremely sensitive subject in the politically divided nation, which is preparing for a tough election fight on July 3. Somsak confirmed late on Monday he received the summons 'but they didn't give any details about what I have done or when I violated the law,' he told AFP. Late last month, the academic insisted his eight-point proposal for...

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