Thailand to sue Google for insulting monarchy

by admin May 9, 2007 at 8:39 am

Information and Communications Technology Minister Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom said he will press a criminal lawsuit against Google Inc at the Bangkok criminal court on Friday.

The suit will charge that, owned by Google, hosted video clips offensive to the monarchy. It was not clear where Mr Sitthichai will charge the American company with lese majeste, defamation or a cyberlaw violation.

Google has no office in Thailand, although it does business with many Thai-based websites and businesses. The California company established an office in Singapore late last week to try to expand its advertising profile in Southeast Asia. has no offices in Thailand.

A ministry statement on Tuesday said the suit will take the form of “a petition to the criminal court for emergency protection,” according to official Thai News AGency.

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