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Thailand's army-backed government plans to sue Internet video-sharing site YouTube over clips it deemed insulting to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, an AFP report said.

'We are considering taking legal action against the Web site,' Vissanu Meeyo, a spokesman for the information ministry, was quoted by the AFP report as saying.

Thailand plans to sue YouTube, owned by Google, over charges of lese majeste, insulting the monarchy, a serious crime here that carries up to 15 years in prison, the spokesman said.

The AFP report said the government, which came to power after a September coup, has continued to block YouTube since the first clip showing the king next to a photograph of feet, considered deeply offensive here, appeared in April.

The YouTube ban came a week after a Thai court jailed a Swiss man for 10 years for insulting the monarch by vandalizing his portraits, the AFP report said.

But the king later pardoned the man, who was then deported from Thailand.

Since the first clip, more new videos mocking the king have appeared on YouTube, including pictures of the monarch that had been digitally altered to make him resemble a monkey, the AFP report said.

Thailand's 79-year-old king, almost universally adored by Thais, is the world's longest-reigning monarch, and one of the few who is still protected by tough laws that prohibit any insult against the royal family, the report further said.