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Thailand Sentences Man to 3 Years for Royal Insult

29 March 2013

A Thai man was sentenced to three years and four months in prison on Thursday for selling video CDs of an Australian TV news segment deemed offensive to Thailand’s royal family. The court convicted 37-year-old Akachai Hongkangwan under lese majeste laws prohibiting defamation of the royal family. The VCDs contained a segment on the Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s Foreign Correspondent series in 2010 that questioned the future of Thailand’s monarchy. The segment included footage from a private video of Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn with his then wife-to-be. The court also fined him for 66,666 Thai baht (US $2,271) for violating copyright law. -AP