27 May '11, 7am

Thailand arrests American for alleged king insult

BANGKOK (AP) — An American has been arrested in Thailand for allegedly insulting its monarchy, a serious offense in this Southeast Asian nation punishable by up to 15 years in jail. The U.S. Embassy confirmed the arrest but gave few details. The 54-year-old man arrested Thursday created a link on his blog in 2007 to "The King Never Smiles," an unauthorized biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej that is banned in Thailand, a spokeswoman for the Department of Special Investigation, Thailand's equivalent of the FBI, said Friday. The man denies the charge against him, according to the Thai-language prachatai.com news website, which tracks lese majeste cases. The website said he was born in Thailand, lived in the U.S. state of Colorado for 30 years and returned to Thailand last year for medical treatment. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy but has severe lese majeste laws that...

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