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01/19/2009 10:08 AM ID: 76356 Permalink   

Australian Jailed for Three Years in Thailand for Insults to King


Australian author Harry Nicolaides, 41, has been sentenced to three years in a Thai prison after a book he wrote was deemed to insult the Thai king. The Thai royal family is protected by law from insult and the charge carries a max. 15-year sentence.

When handing down Nicolaides's sentence, a judge said: "He was found guilty under criminal law article 112 and the court has sentenced him to six years, but due to his confession, which is beneficial to the case, the sentence is reduced..."

Nicolaides pleaded guilty to the charge to get a shorter sentence. The offensive book, "Verisimilitude" was published in 2005.

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  What was in the book?  
The source doesn't say what was considered an insult.
Though his attitude wasn't the smartest
"I was aware there were obscure laws (about the monarchy) but I didn't think they would apply to me."
  by: Convivial   01/19/2009 01:05 PM     
if you want to write a book about the royal thai family, you better not do it when you're in thailand ! doesn't matter if you're thai or not.

i've been to that country and most of the people praise the royal family as living gods, people will very rarely agree to talk about it.

Thailand isn't a dictatorship at all, and in fact the royal family has almost no power at all, but people do support them and trust the royal family even more than their own government.
  by: ProTesTa     01/19/2009 06:56 PM     
he only published 50 copies and only 10 copies were sold.

I'm sure he is reconsidering if it was worth the effort.
  by: jendres     01/20/2009 01:27 AM     
  This is like  
all of these American idiots that go overseas and expect our Bill of Rights to protect them in foreign countries. If he didn't think the laws applied to him he deserves what he got.
  by: Stryc9   01/20/2009 10:51 PM     
  I liked his comment..  
there is nothing stranger than truth and he is not wrong there.
  by: captainJane     01/20/2009 11:46 PM     
The book had a brief reference to a fictional Thai prince who has martial problems.

I really don't know how to feel about this, personally i won't step foot out of this country until i know every rule and obligation that i have within another country and since i really can't be bothered learning that i will stay here.
On the plus side i live in one of the largest country's in the world soooo.. there is lots to see here. I probably wouldn't mind going to NewZealand because they are pretty much a sheep fu*king version of Australia. Joke :)
  by: shiftyfarker   01/21/2009 12:18 AM     
  from what i understand  
they take the royal family very serious in thailand and is something to not ever be spoken of in any manner of disrespect not even jokingly.if he was in thailand he should have known better ,i don't live in thailand and know that the royal family is never to be spoken ill of.
  by: mopboydeus   01/21/2009 06:11 AM     
  Freedom of speech is not the default setting  
I was watching the lawyer for this bloke talk on TV.

Before this book was published, he sent a copy of it to the Thai officialdom for approval. They never got back to him, it appears as though they just issued an arrest warrant instead.
  by: felixilef   01/22/2009 07:16 AM     
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