Bhumibol Adulyadej

Man accused by brother of insulting Thai king acquitted

Yuthapoom Martnok

A Thai court yesterday acquitted a man whose own brother accused him of defaming the country's monarch - an extraordinarily grave charge punishable by up to 15 years in jail - in a private conversation.

Thursday, 11 June, 2015, 3:25pm

Briefs, December 27, 2012

Myanmar President Thein Sein addresses to government department officials in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Photo: Xinhua

Myanmar's president has voiced rare public criticism of his government, saying rampant corruption, bribery and inefficiency were getting in the way of the country's much-touted reform process. 

11 Jun 2015 - 3:25pm

Who said it?

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Your kindness is key to bringing unity to the people and the nation

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej addressed the strife-torn country on his 85th birthday


Often the government is stuck with a face problem

Civic Party chairwoman Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, on why the government does not take up suggestions from pan-democrats


6 Dec 2012 - 2:44am

Thai king urges unity in speech to mark his 85th birthday

The king at the Anantasamakom Throne Hall. Photo: AFP

Thailand's revered king called for unity and stability in the divided nation as huge crowds of adoring, flag-waving citizens packed Bangkok for a rare speech to mark his 85th birthday.

At least 200,000 people flooded the capital's historic district yesterday as supporters of King Bhumibol Adulyadej dressed up in the colour associated with his reign.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:25pm

Thais pack Bangkok for king’s birthday celebration

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej departs Siriraj hospital to grant an audience on his 85th birthday celebrations in Bangkok on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Tens of thousands of Thais crowded central Bangkok on Wednesday for a rare address by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, as part of celebrations for his 85th birthday.

Television images showed a sea of supporters of the revered king, many wearing yellow symbolising Monday, the day of his birth, and waving royal and Thai flags.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:25pm

Thai university row arouses fear of bloodshed

The Thai political crisis has reached another boiling point, with hardline royalists accusing a group of young law professors from the esteemed Thammasat University of attempting to overthrow the monarchy. These professors, calling their group Nitirat (law for the people), have proposed the amendment of the draconian lese-majeste law.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

David Guterson

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Ease strict law and let Thai media do their job

The rumours and speculation circulating about the health of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej have been categorised as deplorable in some quarters, but they can hardly be considered surprising.

21 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

A fight for the future of Thailand

For outside observers of Thailand, it is tempting to recoil in horror at the degenerating political environment.

29 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Crown prince tries to emerge from king's shadow

As Thailand celebrated the 60-year reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej last year, it was his only son who spoke on behalf of the royal family.

'I and your loyal family vow that we are determined to be honest and loyal, in honour and harmony, refraining from any act that might make your majesty unhappy,' Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn said.

15 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Dear Jong-il, sorry, but George is in a hurry

It may not have been a White House Christmas card, but the unprecedented letter sent this week from US President George W. Bush to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is still significant.

8 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Thais look to king in times of unease

People hail 80-year-old monarch ahead of potentially uncertain election this month

6 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

YouTube angers Thais again

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Royals on parade to crown celebrations

The heart of Bangkok pulsated to ancient rhythms last night as celebrations for King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60-year reign reached their climax.

13 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

It's one long street party for the king's celebrations

'It is a great week to be Thai,' said Bangkok accountant Somchai Plengsrisuk, sitting at a food stall watching footage of international monarchs congratulate King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne.

'Suddenly, for this moment, it is like we are the centre of the universe,' Mr Somchai said. 'It is all because of our king.'

13 Jun 2006 - 12:00am