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Thai activist jailed for 11 years for 'royal slurs'

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A Thai political activist was jailed for 11 years Wednesday in the latest tough sentence under the kingdom's controversial royal defamation law, to the dismay of human rights defenders. 

Protesters are pictured outside the Thai consulate in Hong Kong on June 29, 2011 calling for the release of Thai political activist Somyot Prueksakasemsuk. The activist was jailed for 11 years Wednesday in the latest tough sentence under the kingdom's controversial royal defamation law.

The European Union said it was "deeply concerned" by the punishment imposed on Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, 51, in connection with two articles that appeared in his magazine in 2010.

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