Defamation trial of BBC journo Head begins

Defamation trial of BBC journo Head begins

The trial has begun of a British BBC correspondent charged with criminal defamation and computer crime over a report on alleged fraud.

Jonathan Head, BBC's Southeast Asia correspondent, was charged in February over a report alleging that a British expatriate's Thai wife defrauded him of property on the southern resort island of Phuket.

The expatriate, Ian Rance, and Head are being sued by a lawyer who says he was defamed over an assertion his signature appeared on a document validating Mr Rance's forged signature.

If found guilty, Head could face up to two years in prison for online criminal defamation and five years under a law regulating online content. AP

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