Australian writer Harry Nicolaides has been jailed for three years in Thailand for insulting the Thai Crown Prince in his hugely unread 2005 novel, Verisimilitude. Cue much condemnation about harsh Thai justice and freedom of speech being curtailed. But is Harry the author of his own misfortune?
Harry's plight is getting international media attention with Reporters Without Borders highlighting the case as "a strong violation of freedom of speech". In Australia, Harry is being portrayed as a naïve innocent abroad who's suddenly found himself thrust into a Kafka-esque nightmare. Foreign Minister Stephen Smith has confirmed he's written to the Thai Government to express "strong support'' for Harry's request for a Royal pardon. There's a good chance a pardon will be granted. In 2007, Thailand's King pardoned a Swiss man sentenced to 10 years jail for publicly defacing images of him.