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Bhumibol Adulyadej
Thai army chief calls on all to protect monarchy

Thailand's army chief warned on Wednesday people not to break a strict law protecting the monarchy as the defense minister vowed to prosecute violators of the law who live abroad. Thailand's strict lese-majeste law makes it a crime to defame, insult or threaten the monarchy. Those who are found guilty face up to 15 years in prison. The warning from army chief General Udomdej Sitabutr comes at a time of heightened anxiety over the health of the revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 87, and the issue of royal succession. It also follows a high-profile corruption investigation involving the police, military and several family members of Srirasmi Suwadee, the third consort...