An Australian barrister is accusing the Federal Government of failing to help an Australian writer who is in jail in Bangkok on charges of insulting the Thai monarchy.
Harry Nicolaides was arrested in August because of a brief passage in a novel he published in 2005, referring to rumours about the Thai royal family.
Mr Nicolaides has been in jail for more than two months and faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison if convicted.
Barrister Mark Dean says the Government has failed to meet its responsibilities.
"The Australian Government, that is, the Foreign Minister, part of his principal responsibilities are to protect Australian citizens in circumstances such as this, particularly where a citizen is being used for political reasons," he said.
"And so far the Australian Government, from what we can tell, has done nothing."
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