(Thailand) Swiss citizen Oliver Jufer was sentenced to a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to charges of insulting the Thai king. He faced a maximum sentence of 75 years, but was given leniency for confessing to the crime.
Jufer, 57, was taped by surveillance cameras on December 5 spray-painting over five outdoor posters containing images of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the northern city of Chiang Mai, where Jufer resided. Jufer's lawyer said that he was intoxicated during the act, and that he was angry about alcohol sales being prohibited during Bhumibol‘s 79th birthday.
The Thai laws banning such criticism are examples of the archaic principle of lèse majesté ("offense against a sovereign"), long forgotten in much of the West, but still a feature of life in some monarchies.
It appears that Jufer's best hope is a pardon from the Thai king. Other foreigners convicted of similar crimes in the past have been deported.