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Court sentences Promppong to one-year imprisonment

Prompong//Photo : Kunlaphun Sirimamporn

Prompong//Photo : Kunlaphun Sirimamporn

The Court of Appeals Thursday sentenced Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit to one year in jail without suspension for having defamed former Constitutional Court president Wasant Sroypisut. Earlier, the primary court suspended the one-year jail term for two years.

Both the Appeals Court and primary court found Prompong guilty of defaming Wasant in relation to the Constitutional Court's ruling on the dissolution case against the Democrat Party in 2010. At that time, Wasant was the president of the Constitutional Court.

The Appeals Court reasoned that Prompong held a doctorate degree and is a special lecturer at several universities so he should have demonstrated good behaviour instead of defaming a judge.

The Appeals Court said Prompong did not care whether his action would affect the judicial institution. He held a press conference to accuse the judge and thus disseminated the information around the kingdom, causing a lot of people to lack confidence in the Constitutional Court.

The Appeals Court said Prompong's defamation statement severely affected the credibility of the Constitutional Court and could incite others not to respect the law.

The Appeals Court said Prompong had never shown remorse for his action. As a result, although he has no crime record, his jail term should not be suspended.

Prompong was charged along with former Pheu Thai MP Kiartudom Menasawat. The Appeals Court also declined to suspend Kartudom's one-year jail term for the same reasons.

Following the ruling, Prompong and Kiartudom submitted Bt150,000 worth of assets to seek their release on bail pending an appeal with the Supreme Court.

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