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Two Thai prisoners pardoned for insulting monarchy

Last Updated: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 14:09

Bangkok: A prison official says two Thai men convicted of defaming the country`s monarchy have been released from jail after receiving a royal pardon.

Bangkok Remand Prison Commander Sorasit Chongcharoen says the two were freed on Friday.

The two are pro-democracy activist Warawut Thanungkorn and shoe repairman Suriyan Kokpeuay.

Warawut was convicted of insulting the monarchy during a 2010 speech, while Suriyan was convicted of calling in a bomb threat to the hospital where ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej has stayed since 2009.

The two were sentenced last year to three-year jail terms in two separate cases of lèse-majesté, the crime of insulting Thailand`s royal family.

Thailand`s lèse-majesté law mandates a jail term of between three to 15 years.

The Thai royal family regularly grants pardons to prisoners with good behaviour.


First Published: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 13:57
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