Six given suspended jail terms for defaming Chon Buri governor

The Chon Buri Court has sentenced six people to suspended jail terms with fines after finding them guilty of insulting Pakrathorn Thienchai, the Chon Buri governor, over the arrangement of places for the laying of dok mai chan sandalwood flowers on the royal cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Mr Pakrathorn asked the court to take legal action against 63 people on a defamation charge for staging a protest on Oct 30 expressing dissatisfaction with the arrangement of places for them to lay dok mai chan.

They said the arrangement was not systematic, causing them to be unable to lay the sandalwood flowers in time.  They called for Mr Pakrathorn to resign.

Some of them went on to attack him in the social media.

The court accepted to proceed with the case against six defendants.

Mr Surachet shows a copy of the court verdict to reporters

Surachet Kaewkham, chief of Chon Buri Provincial Administration, said today (Dec 29) that the court handed down the verdict on Dec 4, sentencing five of them to two months each in jail and a 4,000 baht fine.  The jail term was commuted to one month and the fine to 2,000 baht because they confessed to the charge.  The jail tem was suspended.

The other defendant was sentenced to 40 days in jail and a fine of 2,666 baht.  The jail term was halved to 20 days and the fine to 1,333 baht.  The jail term was suspended for one year.

The court also ordered the six defendants to publish the ruling on their Facebook pages.