Thai police probe US envoy over comments about monarchy law

AP News
Posted: Dec 09, 2015 8:56 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police say they are investigating comments made by the U.S. ambassador about a law that bans criticism of the monarchy, but don't expect to bring charges because he has diplomatic immunity.

National Police said Wednesday they are investigating a Nov. 25 speech by Ambassador Glyn Davies because they had received a complaint that it violated the same law by defaming the monarchy.

Davies said in the wide-ranging speech that America is concerned about long prison sentences given by military courts to civilians under the law. Since the military seized power in a coup last year, a number of people have received sentences of more than 25 years for comments on the Internet found to have violated the law.

Royalists have protested at the U.S. Embassy over the ambassador's speech.