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Author sentenced to three years in jail for insulting Thai royalty

Australian author Harry Nicolaides has been sentenced to three years in prison for violating the Lese Majeste (a crime or offense against the dignity majesty) law in Thailand.

Harry Nicolaides was arrested last August over a 2005 book called Verisimilitude, which includes a paragraph about the king and crown prince that the authorities deemed a violation of the Lese Majeste law.

The Thai Criminal Court originally sentenced Nicolaides to six years in jail but cut the punishment in half because of the guilty plea.

To add insult to injury, only 50 copies of Nicolaides’ book were published, and just seven were sold.