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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

10 Years For Thai King Spray-Painter (07)

A Swiss man who spray-painted graffiti over pictures of Thailand's revered king has been jailed for 10 years.Oliver Rudolf Jufer faced a maximum sentence of 75 years - but was given a reduced term because he admitted wrongdoing.

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Behind bars: Oliver Jufer

The 57-year-old was caught on CCTV spraying black paint over five street posters of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the northern city of Chiang Mai.

His lawyer said he was drunk at the time of the offence last December.

Bhumibol, who is greatly loved by Thais and seen by some as semi-divine, is protected by strict laws that forbid any criticism of the monarchy.

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