Thailand: Not Fit for a King

Not Fit for a King

Kings and queens may be relatively rare in the modern world, but the crime of offending the dignity of a monarch remains a serious one in Thailand. Deputy Interior Minister Veera Musikapong resigned last week and faced charges for offhand remarks he had made during his country's July parliamentary elections. Campaigning for a fellow candidate, Veera, 38, quipped that he wished he had been born a prince: "I would be drinking whisky instead of standing here getting pains in my knees." To stress his point, Veera used Sanskrit words that are normally employed only when referring to royalty.

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