The Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted former deputy prime minister Suthep Thuaksuban of defamation charges filed against him by three core leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship.
While serving as deputy prime minister in charge of security affairs, Mr Suthep told a press conference at a hotel in Laksi area on May 22, 2011, implying that the three UDD core leaders namely Weng Tochirakarn, Natthawut Saikua and Jatuporn Promphan were terrorists accountable for widespread torchings in Bangkok and upcountry provinces during the red shirts’ violent protests against the Abhisit government.
In their defamation charges, the trio claimed that Suthep’s defamatory remark caused damages to their reputation and that of Pheu Thai party.
The court ruled that the burnings of buildings in Bangkok and provincial halls in upcountry provinces were factual which was confirmed by the Department of Special Investigation and not regarded as falsehood.
Also in his capacity as deputy prime minister in charge of security affairs, Mr Suthep reported the violent incidents to the public for acknowledgement.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)