Oliver Jufer

Jufer (From The Telegraph)In December 2006, Oliver Jufer, a Swiss national, was arrested after spray-painting posters of the king in Chiang Mai.

The court ruled that he was guilty on 5 counts under article 112 of the Criminal Code and gave him a 20 year imprisonment. Having confessed, his sentence was reduced by half.

Jufer is believed to be the first foreigner ever imprisoned for the offense.

He was granted a royal pardon in 2007 and was deported.

Media accounts of Jufer’s case:

ABC, 12 April 2007: “Thai King pardons Swiss man

BBC, 29 March 2007: “Swiss man jailed for Thai insult

New Mandala, 14 March 2007: “Oliver Jufer, royal graffiti and global news

The Guardian, 12 March 2007: “Swiss man faces up to 75 years for insulting Thai king

 

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29 05 2016
Academic boycott | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] 2008. One of the commentators on the boycott opposed it, saying: “These days you have to be Swiss and drunk and in possession of a spray can to be charged with les [sic.] majeste. Most academics do not fit this profile, at least during […]

29 05 2016
Academic boycott | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] 2008. One of the commentators on the boycott opposed it, saying: “These days you have to be Swiss and drunk and in possession of a spray can to be charged with les [sic.] majeste. Most academics do not fit this profile, at least during […]