Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Australian writer jailed in Thailand

From BBC News:
Australian writer Harry Nicolaides has been sentenced to three years in a Thai jail for insulting the monarchy.

Nicolaides wrote a [self-published] novel four years ago, which contained a brief passage referring to an unnamed crown prince. It sold just seven copies.

He admitted the charge of insulting the royal family, but said he was unaware he was committing an offence.

Thailand's monarchy is sheltered from public debate by some of the world's most stringent "lese-majeste" laws.
There are more details in The Herald Sun. For background on the status of Thailand's monarchy, see a report in The Economist last month.

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