Red-shirt leader Jatuporn jailed for one year for 2009 defamation

Breaking News December 14, 2017 19:34

By The Nation

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The Supreme Court has sentenced red shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan to one year without suspension in a defamation case filed by Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Jatuporn, chairman of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), has been in jail since July related to another defamation case filed by Abhisit.

Jutaporn made the remarks about Abhisit in 2009 while on a stage. The court ruled that he did not have good intentions in criticising Abhisit but rather defamed him in a way that could instigate hatred for him.

The court therefore ruled that Jatuporn was guilty of defaming Abhisit. It changed the jail term imposed by the first court and Appeal Court from two years to one year as Jatuporn conceded that it was he on the stage.

Jatuporn attended the court, but made no comments other than remarking on his weight loss while in jail.

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