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Court plays down harshness of Somyot's sentence

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The Criminal Court chief judge insists the 10-year prison sentence handed down to Voice of Taksin editor Somyot Prueksakasemsuk for lese majeste crimes is reasonable. 

Mr Somyot was given a five-year jail term for each of the two charges filed against him for violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code when he published two articles deemed offensive to the monarchy in 2010.

Chief judge Thawee Prachuablarb made his comments after the European Union said it was "deeply concerned" by the court's decision on Wednesday.

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