Tuesday, 29 August 2006

The King Never Smiles

The King Never Smiles
The King Never Smiles
Paul M Handley's unauthorised biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, The King Never Smiles, is unique in that it does not subscribe to the conventional hagiographic view of Bhumibol's reign. The book cannot be sold in Thailand, due to the country's lese majeste law, which prohibits any criticism of the King, the Queen, or the Crown Prince.

[Lese majeste is broadly interpreted, strictly enforced, and harshly punished in Thailand. Bail is denied for lese majeste suspects, trials are held in camera, and the maximum sentence is a jail term of fifteen years. Material subject to a lese majeste investigation cannot be quoted or published for legal reasons.]

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