Thailand to try US journalist for possessing flak jacket
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Thailand to try US journalist for possessing flak jacket

BANGKOK (AP) — A lawyer says a Thai court has decided to put an American photojournalist on trial after airport authorities found a bulletproof vest and helmet in his hand luggage.

Hok Chun Anthony Kwan, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, was detained when he was about to board a plane on Aug. 23 after covering the aftermath of a deadly bomb explosion at a shrine in Bangkok. Kwan works for the Hong Kong-based Initium media group.

His lawyer, Pawinee Chumsri, said he pleaded not guilty of weapons possession after being indicted Monday by a Thai court. It set a pre-trial hearing for Nov. 16.

Under the Arms Control Act, a license is needed to possess body armor, which is treated as a weapon. Violations are punishable by up to five years in jail.