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Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Thailand’s criminal court sentenced Somyot Pruksakasemsuk to 10 years in jail for insulting the royal family, according to a ruling read out in court today.

Prosecutors accused Somyot, a magazine editor, of publishing articles in March 2010 that defamed Thailand’s king and royal family.

Somyot was detained April 2011.

To contact the reporter on this story: Anuchit Nguyen in Bangkok at anguyen@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tony Jordan at tjordan3@bloomberg.net

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