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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand targets Thanathorn for questioning king's vaccine maker

Former opposition leader latest to be slapped with lese majeste charges

Opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said Thursday the lese majeste case against him was "politically motivated" and insisted on his innocence in a news conference.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Former Thai opposition leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has become the most recent target to face the kingdom's draconian lese-majeste law for disputing the government's COVID-19 vaccine strategy of solely relying on domestic production by a biopharmaceutical company ultimately owned by King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Thanathorn said the case against him was "politically motivated" and insisted on his innocence in a news conference on Thursday. Thai people deserve to know the truth of what is going on with their vaccines, he said.

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