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Writer Jailed for Thai "insult"

Writer jailed for Thai 'insult'

Harry Nicolaides' book, by his own admission, only sold seven copies
Australian writer Harry Nicolaides has been sentenced to three years in jail for insulting the monarchy.

Bangkok's Criminal Court initially sentenced him for six years but reduced the term because he had pleaded guilty.

Nicolaides, who was working as a teacher in Thailand, was arrested as he was leaving the country last August.

The charge relates to a paragraph in a novel he wrote four years ago, 'Verisimilitude', which referred to an un-named Thai Crown Prince.

Shackled in leg irons, and wearing the orange pyjamas which are standard issue in Thai prisons, a tearful Harry Nicolaides told reporters before the verdict that he felt like he was in a bad dream.

An "Alice in Wonderland experience", he called it.

In court he pleaded guilty, although he has always

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Added: Jan-19-2009 Occurred On: Jan-19-2009
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