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.