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 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 lese majeste, the crime of insulting Thailand’s royal family.
Thailand’s lese majeste law mandates a jail term of between three to 15 years.
The Thai royal family regularly grants pardons to prisoners with good behavior.
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