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American sentenced for royal insult: 4 recent cases in Thailand

Thailand's lèse-majesté laws are among the world's strictest. Here are four high profile cases in the past decade, three of which involve foreigners.

- Staff writer

3. The case of the Swiss national

In March 2007, Oliver Jufer, a Swiss national, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for defacing portraits of the king and queen.  Mr. Jufer pleaded guilty to spray-painting graffiti over the images while intoxicated near his home in Chiang Mai. He was swiftly pardoned and deported. His was the first such conviction of a foreigner in a decade or more. He is believed to be one of the first foreigners imprisoned for the offense.  Others had been charged, but later expelled rather than jailed. 


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