Harry Nicolaides


The Australian writer Harry Nicolaides has been sentenced by a Thai court to three years in prison for "lèse-majesté" (insulting the monarchy) in his 2005 novel Verisimilitude.

The original sentence of six years was reduced due to his confession.

According to International PEN's Writers in Prison Committee, "Harry Nicolaides, aged 41, was arrested at the Bangkok airport when he was about to board his plane to Australia on 31 August 2008. The sentenced is related to a passage in Nicolaides’ novel Verisimilitude which is considered to be insulting to the Thai king’s eldest son. It is said that in the 300-page book, only three lines refer to the crown prince, and that he is not even mentioned by name. "

For more information, see the wdpress Political Writings on Thailand