2 Thai prisoners pardoned for insulting monarchy

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.