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.

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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