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Thailand police ask Australian counterparts to track down critics of monarchy -

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Thailand, one of the last countries in the world to jail people for being rude about its royals, wants Australia to help arrest critics of its monarchy.

Thai police say they've asked their Australian counterparts to track down people accused of lese majeste, a crime punishable by 15 years in prison.

There's been a flurry of Lese majeste cases in the last two weeks since the death of Thailand's revered king Bhumibol.

Ultra-royalist groups have targeted a Sydney man for allegedly insulting comments and he was fired because of fear of vigilante attacks on the restaurant where he worked.

Southeast Asia correspondent Liam Cochrane reports.