27 May '11, 8am

Stories on American arrested here in Thailand on lèse-majesté charges from AP and AFP

BANGKOK: A US citizen has been charged in Thailand with insulting the monarchy after he posted material deemed offensive on his blog and put a link to a banned book, authorities said Friday. Thai-born Lerpong Wichaikhammat, 54, was arrested on Tuesday in Nakhon Ratchasima province in northeast Thailand and is currently being held at Bangkok Remand Prison. "He translated articles which are deemed insulting to the monarchy and posted them on his blog. Also he provided a link to a book" perceived as critical of the royal family, said police Lieutenant Colonel Kovit Tardmee. "He left Thailand when he was 35 and returned for medical treatment in November 2009. He is scheduled to go back to the US this December." The US embassy said it was providing consular assistance to the man. "We can confirm that he is an American citizen," a spokesman told AFP. An official at Thailand's Cr...

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