Suthep cleared of defaming ex-UDD core leaders by the Appeals Court

The Appeals Court on Tuesday upheld the lower court’s acquittal of Suthep Thaugsuban, former secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), charged with defamation by the prosecutor.

Accompanied by his lawyer and supporters, Mr Suthep arrived at the Appeals Court this morning (Feb 27) to hear the court’s reading of the verdict in which he was accused of defaming core members of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) Jatuporn Prompan, Nattawut Saikuar, and Weng Tojirakarn for urging voters to boycott the election.

The alleged defamation occurred on May 22, 2011.

The Appeals Court ruled that the prosecutor’s evidence was not sufficient to prove that the defendant defamed the three UDD core leaders and the alleged slandering statement made by the defendant who was then deputy prime minister was merely an honest expression of his political opinion.