Appeal Court acquits former RU rector of malfeasance in office charge

Former rector of Ramkhamhaeng university Professor Rangsan Saengsuk was acquitted of malfeasance in office charge by the Appeal Court today in a case which he and 10 other defendants was charged by a colleague.

A total of 11 executives of Ramkhamhaeng university, including the former rector Prof Rangsan, was accused by Pol Lt Charun Thaneerat, a former lecturer of the university’s education science faculty, of malfeasances in offices.

The Court of First Instance found the former rector and another executive Deputy  Professor Raweewan Srikramkran guilty of the charge and sentenced each of them two years in prison and a fine of 20,000 baht each. Another executive Deputy Professor Prasart Sa-ngasri, the deputy rector, was given a one year imprisonment and a 10,000 baht fine. But imprisonment term was commuted to a  two-year probation instead.

At today’s hearing of the appeal, the court reversed the  first court’s verdicts and acquitted  all of the 11 executive of the charges after finding  the supported evidence were weightless.

Prof Rangsan said after hearing the ruling that he has to countersign in a research work of the plaintiff as a  rector on duty. But he said that he was glad to be cleared of the charge by the court and believed that there was something in behind the case as some tried to persecute him at the time he was applying as a candidate for the rector post.