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Turbulent Thailand

Thai protest leader facing lese-majeste charges released on bail

Two leading activists still in jail despite deteriorating health

Protest leader Panusaya "Rung" Sithijirawattanakul hugs a friend as she is released on bail from the Central Women's Correctional Institute in Bangkok on May 6.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thai protest leader Panusaya "Rung" Sithijirawattanakul was granted bail on Thursday, after being held in pretrial detention for 59 days on lese-majeste charges. Two other leading pro-democracy activists remain in jail despite their deteriorating health.

Panusaya, who has been a key figure in Thailand's pro-democracy movement since mid-2020, was released from the Central Women's Correctional Institute.

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