Thai activist lawyer contracts COVID-19 while jailed on charge of insulting king -official


A human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa speaks during a Thai anti-government mass protest, on the 47th anniversary of the 1973 student uprising, in Bangkok, Thailand October 14, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Thai activist lawyer, Arnon Nampa, jailed without bail since February on charges of insulting the country’s powerful king, has contracted coronavirus in custody, a corrections department official said on Thursday.

“Arnon tested positive for COVID yesterday and at the moment he has been sent to the prison hospital for treatment,” a corrections department official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Arnon’s Facebook page also reported he had contracted the coronavirus.

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