Former chief of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Tarit Phengdit was acquitted of defamation charge brought against him by former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban in 2013.
Suthep sued Tarit over a press interview suggesting he abused his authority in ordering the change of the multiple contracts to construct 396 police stations nationwide into a single contract for own benefit.
Suthep said Tarit’s press interview published in five local dailies had defamed his reputation.
At the ruling today at the presence of Tarit and four publishers and editors of two dailies as defendants, the Criminal Court said Tarit had performed his duty as a state official in voicing his opinion on the project which had become a public attention, therefore he was not guilty of defamation.
The court said the two dailies, namely Matichon, and Khaosod, which published Tarit’s interview also were not guilty as they presented news which were facts with honesty.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)