Thailand's king pardons Swiss man
Thailand's king has pardoned a Swiss man who was sentenced to 10 years in jail for defacing images of him.
Oliver Jufer was sentenced last month, after he admitted spray-painting images of the revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the city of Chiang Mai.
It was thought to be the first time a foreigner had been jailed under Thailand's strict lese majeste laws.
Now he has received a royal pardon, Mr Jufer is expected to be deported as soon as possible, police said.
"The king in his kindness has granted him a pardon and he has been transferred from prison and is in the process of being deported from the country," Chiang Mai police Col Prachuab Wongsuk told The Associated Press.
The king is widely loved in Thailand and often treated as a virtual god.
Analysts say that this act of compassion against a now contrite foreigner will only enhance his image still further.