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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand's court denies bail to leading lese-majeste defendants

Student activist Penguin and human rights lawyer Arnon held on remand

Military cadets hold up Thai national flags as they gather outside the Grand Palace to celebrate the 67th birthday of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn in Bangkok on July 28, 2019.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- A Thai criminal court denied bail on Tuesday to four leading pro-democracy figures, including student activist Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak and human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa, who have been charged with lese-majeste and sedition among other alleged offenses.

Penguin and Arnon are prominent in the youth-led pro-democracy movement that erupted in July 2020. The other two activists, Patipan Luecha and Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, are leading figures in the movement.

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