Laos to track Thais suspected of royal insult

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BANGKOK, (Reuters) – Laos will help the military government of neighbouring Thailand to track Thai nationals suspected of insulting the royal family, the Bangkok Post daily said on Monday, citing military sources.

Thailand has the world’s strictest lese-majeste law, which prescribes jail terms of up to 15 years for each count of offending the king, queen, heir or regent, although it has also been interpreted to extend to dead kings.

“Thai political fugitives in Laos will be kept under strict surveillance to prevent them from engaging in lese majeste activities, the Laos government has assured Thailand,” the newspaper said.

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