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Court sentences Australian author to three years in prison

(SEAPA/IFEX) - A Thai court has sentenced an Australian author to three years in prison for insulting a member of the royal family, media reports said.

"The Nation" online said Harry Nicolaides, 41, pleaded guilty to lese majeste charges, prompting the court to reduce what was originally a six-year jail term to three years instead.

Nicolaides' novel "Verisimilitude" allegedly made critical remarks about Thailand's crown prince.

Lese majeste is a criminal offense in Thailand.

Nicolaides was arrested on 31 August 2008 at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport, shortly before he was to board a flight back to Australia.

In an interview shortly after his arrest, Nicolaides issued a public apology.

Updates the Nicolaides case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/96924

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