Saturday, December 09, 2006
Do not insult the King of Thailand
If you do so in Thailand you are in big trouble. The Swiss man shown above has been arrested for allegedly insulting the monarchy by painting over images of Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
He was caught on Tuesday on surveillance cameras spray painting over portraits of the king with black paint in several locations in the Mae Hia sub-district of Chiang Mai province. He was arrested on Wednesday night and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.
Apparently the military have also launched a separate investigation into the incident suggesting Rudolf may have been hired by someone opposed to the September 19 coup that ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.