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Thailand arrests American for alleged king insult
Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | May 27 2011 | TODD PITMAN and SINFAH TUNSARAWUTH

Posted on 05/28/2011 8:14:02 AM PDT by nerdwithagun

BANGKOK – Thai authorities said Friday they arrested an American citizen on charges he insulted the country's monarchy, in part by posting a link on his blog four years ago to a banned book about the Southeast Asian nation's ailing king.

The man is also suspected of translating, from English into Thai, portions of "The King Never Smiles" — an unauthorized biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej — and posting them online along with articles he wrote that allegedly defame the royal family, said Tharit Pengdith, who heads the Department of Special Investigation, Thailand's equivalent of the FBI.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: insult; king; thailand

1 posted on 05/28/2011 8:14:11 AM PDT by nerdwithagun
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To: nerdwithagun

If you go around insulting foreigners....it’s best not to visit their homeland. If’s just inviting trouble.


2 posted on 05/28/2011 8:17:12 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: nerdwithagun

Real headline: American citizen all Thai’d up.


3 posted on 05/28/2011 8:41:14 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: nerdwithagun

Having lived in Bangkok, the first thing I learned — you never disrespect the king. Never!


4 posted on 05/28/2011 8:45:15 AM PDT by carton253
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To: nerdwithagun

Kind of funny but the Southpark writers probably had warrants for their arrest in Saddam’s Iraq especially after the movie came out ! LOL


5 posted on 05/28/2011 8:55:19 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: nerdwithagun

THAILAND?


6 posted on 05/28/2011 8:56:22 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: nerdwithagun

Yes ,is is best not to crap in the Big mans yard and get caught,This could be painful for the moron!


7 posted on 05/28/2011 9:12:44 AM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Thailand. Dissing the King over there is about as acceptable as burning the American flag would be over here, and for much the same reason.


8 posted on 05/28/2011 9:20:45 AM PDT by Mountain Troll (My investment plan - Canned food and shotguns)
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To: arderkrag

Maybe Cheech and Chong can go over there and try to free him while picking some Thai’d stick! LOL!


9 posted on 05/28/2011 9:23:19 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: nerdwithagun

Emulating the soon to be American example.


10 posted on 05/28/2011 9:50:17 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: nerdwithagun

I could not care less.

Why did this idiot feel it was his responsibility to try to change Thai culture and get involved in Thai politics?


11 posted on 05/28/2011 10:11:46 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: nerdwithagun

The Thais are a wonderful people; warm, friendly, and fun-loving. However, they take insults to their king VERY seriously.


12 posted on 05/28/2011 11:49:24 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: nerdwithagun
Sort of like America.

In Thailand, you don't publicly disrespect the king.

In America, you don't publicly disrespect King.

13 posted on 05/28/2011 6:09:18 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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