Court postpones decision on Sulak’s lese majeste charges

Sulak Sivaraksa pauses outside a military court on Thursday in Bangkok as he walks in to find out whether a military prosecutor has proceeded with the indictment against him on lese majeste.

A military court on Thursday delayed a decision on whether to prosecute a prominent historian and social critic who suggested that a famed duel on elephant-back won by a Thai king against a Burmese prince 500 years ago may not actually have happened.

The 84-year-old Sulak Sivaraksa was charged by police last October under the country's draconian lese majeste law that protects the monarchy from libel and defamation.

The military court on Thursday agreed with Mr Sulak's request to hear views from experts and historians and set a new hearing for Jan 17.

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