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Thai police charge founder of new party over Facebook speech

BANGKOK: Thai police on Monday charged the founder and two members of a new political party opposed to military rule with violating a computer crime law, an offense that could result in a five-year jail sentence, a fine of 100,000 baht. Just last week, the junta, which seized power in 2014, lifted a ban to allow parties to organize ahead of a general election due by May. Critics say the electoral contest will be set up to ensure the military continues to wield influence over Thailand’s politics. Thanathorn…

Thai cops find tunnel in manhunt for elderly monk

BANGKOK: Thai cops have uncovered secret tunnels running underneath a space-age temple of the controversial Dhammakaya Buddhist sect, as their manhunt for an elusive elderly monk accused of massive embezzlement entered a second day. Thousands of officers are involved in the search for the 72-year-old monk Phra Dhammachayo, who is believed to be holed up in the vast Wat Dhammakaya temple grounds on the outskirts of Bangkok. The former abbot, who founded the breakaway Buddhist order in 1970 and has marshalled its…