• Dutchman jailed for 30 days for insulting king

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    THE HAGUE: A man was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in prison for insulting the king of the Netherlands on Facebook, prosecutors said, after being convicted of breaking seldom used royal defamation laws. The 44-year-old Dutchman “intentionally insulted King Willem-Alexander,” accusing him of being a murderer, thief and rapist, the Dutch judiciary said in a statement. The man also doctored images of executions online to include the king’s face in place of those of the actual victims, it said. He was found to have violated the king’s dignity, “specifically relating to the king’s constitutional position and its importance for the national interest.” The statement also said: “This behavior is unacceptable in our society and demands that a penalty be imposed on the suspect.”

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