Court adjourns DSI chief’s defamation cases

The Criminal Court today adjourned trials of two defamation cases brought against Department of Special Investigation chief Tharit Phengdit after he claimed unfinished collection of evidences in the two cases by the state prosecutors.

In the first case, former senior police officer Pol Lt-Gen Somkid Boonthanom filed defamation charge against Mr Tharit, two publications, Matichon and Khao Sod, over the kidnap and missing  of a Saudi businessman case. Tharit’s interviews given to the two publications  was a blatant defamation of his reputation, Thanom told the court in the suit and asked to punish them under the Criminal and Computer Crime Acts.

For the second defamation suit filed by Democrat MP Suthep Thuagsuban, Tharit was accused of implicating the Democrat MP in malpractices over the construction of police stations nationwide while he was deputy prime minister and in charge of the National Police Office  in the Abhisit government. Tharit said to media representatives that  Mr Suthep was the person who ordered  the National Police Office to merge all separate construct contracts of a total of 396 stations into one contract which resulting in damages to the Office when construction could not be finished within the  period specified in the contract.

The DSI chief’s asked for postponement  of the two cases reasoning of unfinished evidence collection by the state prosecutors. The court agreed and set the first hearing on December 23 this year.