The Supreme Court has upheld two lower courts’ verdicts acquitting former leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy of defamation charges lodged against them by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and the now defunct Thai Rak Thai party.
The case dated back to the year 2006 when Thaksin and then Thai Rak Thai filed defamation charges against then PAD leaders who included Sondhi Limthongkul, Chirmsak Pinthong, Chai-Anand Samudvanijja, Pramote Nakornthap, Thai Day Dot Com company which operates ASTV TV station, Chintanart Limthongkul, Khunthong Lorserivanich, Manager Media Grup, Ms Saowalak Thiranuchanyong and Panjapat Angkhasuwan.
The group of defendants were involved in a roundtable discussion on the subject of Finland Declaration: Thai Rak Thai’s strategy to rule the country during which they accused the TRT and Thaksin of aspiring to replace Thailand’s constitutional democracy with presidential system.
In acquitting the defendants, the Supreme Court ruled that Thaksin is a public person and, as such, he can be criticised.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)