Monday, March 12, 2007


Thai trial over ‘insults’ to king

‘A 57-year-old Swiss man has gone on trial in Thailand on charges of insulting the king after allegedly defacing portraits of the monarch.

If found guilty, Oliver Jufer faces up to 75 years in prison – 15 years on each of five charges.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has been on the throne for 60 years, is revered in Thailand.

He and other members of the royal family are protected by lese-majeste laws barring any criticism of them.’

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