Swiss man sentenced to 10 years for defacing pictures of Thai king

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    BoyBach

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    - The Independent


    Now I'm all for bring respectful to other countries laws and customs when your a guest, but ten years for a bit of graffiti? Seems a tad harsh to me.
     
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    runplaysleeprun

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    good to know the swiss government won't lift a finger to try and bail you out if you're getting nailed by some archaic laws. lousy neutrals. :)
     
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    Their king is very well loved and respected.

    If you drop some Baht bills on the ground and are chasing after it, it's considered extremely disrespectful to stomp on it with your feet. (It's like you're stepping on his portrait) You must pick it up with your hands. Whether you can go to jail for it or not, I'm unsure.

    I think a suitable punishment for the Swiss is a caning for each portrait defaced.
     
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    miloblithe

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    Definitely a harsh punishment, but as a long-time resident, this guy probably knew exactly what he was getting himself into by running around and defacing multiple portraits.
     
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    I think its still illegal in the UK to burn paper money because it has an image of the Queen on it. I dont know if thats still the case or even if its ever been enforced... :confused:
     
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    BoyBach

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    I believe you're right.

    It's also treason to steal post from the 'Royal Mail'

    (Not quite related but almost - you can use postage stamps as legal tender.)
     
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    Airforce

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    Well it's illegal here in the United States as well and punishable by 6 months imprisonment, but only because you are destroying the money, not because of some image. :p

    (Title 18 United States Code, Section 333)
     
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    dornoforpyros

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    Agreed. The punishment may be harsh by our standards, but the guy still should have known better. I certainly don't agree with a 10 year sentence for this, but the "i was drunk" argument doesn't hold any water.
     
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    The Thais are incredibly loyal to there king.
     
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    Abstract

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    It's not just the loyalty. It's extremely disrespectful for any foreigner to do something stupid like that.

    Doing stupid things like this may be more acceptable in "Western" countries, but don't expect sympathy when you walk into a country and do something disrespectful like this. He may not have any respect for the Thai King because he wasn't born in Thailand, but not having respect for him doesn't give him permission to do that to the portraits.

    It's like people who go to Singapore and break a law they knew existed. I really don't feel sympathy towards some of these people.
     
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    EricNau

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    The Swiss man is a long-term Thai resident.

    Not sure if he's a citizen of Switzerland or Thailand though.
     
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    heh... being half Thai and having gone to thailand pretty much every other year, I can completely understand where the punishment comes from. I agree that it might have been slightly excessive, but he definitely should have known better than to deface anything with the king's portrait on it. The Royal Family is utterly respected and he being a foreigner should have been extra careful when he was drunk.
     
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    Bern

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    So what.. he should show a little more respect not just towards another country's monarch but to the country itself. What right does he have to decide to do such a think. If that's the punishment for what he did than so be it.

    But just to be devil's advocate here (as I so often am) what if the situation were reversed I wonder? Would the word "racism" be touted about? I'm sure here in Australia it would. Funny how we recognise it for what it really is, yet so easily bastardise such a word in other instances.
     
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    EricNau

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    My point was simply that the man was not a "foreigner" - nothing more.

    It's still disrespectful, but in a different way than Abstract suggested.
     

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