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Lese majeste law makes family feud a battle royal

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Thanawat Martnok and his little brother have argued most of their lives - about their struggling business, about politics, even about their dogs. Mr Thanawat says that is because his little brother "just never listened". 

And so, one day three years ago, Mr Thanawat decided to teach his sibling a lesson. He told police Yuthapoom Martnok had defamed the monarch — an extraordinarily grave allegation that instantly escalated a simple family feud into an issue the justice system views as a threat to the stability of the kingdom itself.

Mr Yuthapoom was indicted on charges of lese majeste — insulting the royal family — a crime punishable by up to 15 years behind bars on each charge. Denied bail on national security grounds, he has been jailed for a year in a Bangkok prison where he is anxiously awaiting the court's ruling on Friday.

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