Defamation trial of BBC journo Head begins
published : 24 Aug 2017 at 04:00
newspaper section: News
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