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Dutchman Lands in Jail For Insulting the King on Facebook

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A 44-year-old Dutchman has bagged 30 days in jail for insulting the king on Facebook.

The Dutchman “intentionally insulted” King Willem-Alexander, accusing him of being a murderer, thief and rapist, the Dutch judiciary said.

He was convicted of breaking seldom-used royal defamation laws.

A Dutch political party has proposed scrapping the laws and the king has pledged to accept the outcome of any debate on the issue


A court in the Netherlands suspended 16 days of the sentence and the man will not spend any more time in jail, having already spent 14 days in preventative custody last year.

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He was found to have doctored images of executions online to include the king’s face in place of those of the actual victims, the judiciary said.

“This behaviour is unacceptable in our society and demands that a penalty be imposed on the suspect,” it said in a statement.

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