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Two Phuket-based online journalists will find out on Monday if they will be prosecuted for allegedly implicating the Royal Thai Navy in the human trafficking of Rohingya boat people. 

Phuketwan editor Alan Morison and journalist Chutima Sidasathian told the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand on Wednesday that the Phuket Office of the Attorney General summoned them on Monday to hear if they would be formally prosecuted under the Computer Crimes Act (CCA) for an article they ran in July last year.

Phuketwan, a small online newspaper in Phuket, ran an excerpt from a Reuters article entitled "Thai Military Profiting From Trade in Boatpeople, Says Special Report" which the Royal Thai Navy felt had defamed them. It took the paper to court.

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