Thailand's Da Torpedo Trial Torpedoed

A Thai appeals court Wednesday overturned the conviction of Daranee Champoengsilpakul, a leader of the Red Shirt protesters during tumultuous anti-government demonstrations, for insulting the country's royalty. The court overturned the trial on the ground that it was never determined whether it was legal to be closed to the public against her wishes. She remains in jail, however, pending an application for release on bail, and could face a new trial at a time when the very concept of lese majeste, as insulting the royalty is called, seems to be becoming increasingly a mockery.

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