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.