Thai red shirt leader gets two-year jail term for insulting former PM




 
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January 28th, 2015  
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A Thai court on Wednesday handed a two-year jail term to a leader of the "red shirt" opposition movement for defaming a former prime minister, a move the group says is proof of the junta's ambition to crush its opponents. Thailand's Criminal Court found Jatuporn Prompan, chairman of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), or red shirt group, guilty of insulting former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in two speeches in October 2009. The ruling comes just days after ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was backed by the red shirts before a May coup by the military, was banned from politics for five years. Red shirt leader Jatuporn has been in legal hot water before and has faced a number of court cases, including for slander.




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