Thai red shirt leader gets two-year jail term for insulting former PM

January 28, 2015 10:10 AM

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Thai red shirt leader gets two-year jail term for insulting former PM

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai court on Wednesday handed a two-year jail term to a leader of the "red shirt" opposition movement for defaming a former prime minister, a move the group says is proof of the junta's ambition to crush its opponents.

Thailand's Criminal Court found Jatuporn Prompan, chairman of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), or red shirt group, guilty of insulting former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in two speeches in October 2009.

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