Abhisit, Jatuporn in legal stalemate
- Published: 9/03/2013 at 07:50 AM
- Online news:
Former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) core member Jatuporn Prompan walked away from an out of-court settlement over a libel lawsuit on Friday.
Mr Abhisit had filed a defamation charge against Mr Jatuporn, whom he said had falsely accused him of ordering the killing of anti-government protesters in April and May 2010.
Jatuporn Prompan, left, and Abhisit Vejjajiva (File photos)
The court told the two parties to try to settle the case.
Speaking after meeting with Mr Jatuporn at the Criminal Court, Mr Abhisit said he could not end the case because Mr Jatuporn’s accusation made in public against him was too serious.
He said Mr Jatuporn only offered to withdraw his words in the same manner a member of parliament would do during a debate.
Mr Abhisit said that would be impossible to accept.
Mr Jatuporn did not even admit he had made a groundless accusation against him, Mr Abhisit said.
This defamation suit is the last in a series of four such lawsuits the opposition Democrat Party leader has brought against the former Pheu Thai list MP.
The court sentenced Mr Jatuporn to a suspended jail term of six months and a fine of 50,000 baht for two cases and dismissed the third one.
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