Ex-Pheu Thai MP faces lese majeste

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Pheu Thai executive and red-shirt co-leader Col Apiwan Wiriyachai for an alleged lese majeste offence committed at a political rally.

The warrant was issued after a complaint was filed with Chana Songkhram police station, accusing the former deputy House speaker of making offensive remark about the monarchy when he delivered a speech to supporters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) in Phetchaburi on Jan 29, 2011. 

Col Apiwan was among 155 people summoned by the military a day after the May 22 coup. The junta banned the group from travelling outside of Thailand.

The maximum penalty for a lese majeste conviction is 15 years in prison.

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