Chavanond's acquittal in Yingluck defamation case upheld

Chavanond's acquittal in Yingluck defamation case upheld

Chavanond Intarakomalyasut, former Democrat MP and party spokesman (Bangkok Post file photo)
Chavanond Intarakomalyasut, former Democrat MP and party spokesman (Bangkok Post file photo)

The Appeals Court on Wednesday upheld the Criminal Court's acquittal of former Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut of a charge of defaming former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in comments about her meeting with businessmen at the Four Seasons Hotel in 2012.

The lawsuit was filed against Mr Chavanond, 40, a former Democrat party-list MP, by the prosecution and Ms Yingluck.

According to the lawsuit, Mr Chavanond said during several press intervews on Feb 19-21, 2012 that Ms Yingluck skipped a parliamentary session to have a personal meeting with a group of businessmen at the Four Seasons Hotel on Feb 8, 2012.

Ms Yingluck said Mr Chavanond's accusation was not true and damaged her reputation.

The Criminal Court on March 15, 2015 dismissed the suit against Mr Chavanond. The plaintiffs appealed.

The Appeals Court ruled that in his press interviews Mr Chavanond had not accused her of disclosing official secrets, but rather had made an honest criticism of her.

The Appeals Court upheld the lower court's ruling.

Mr Chavanond called for all involved to respect the court's decision, saying that he had performed his duty in opposition honestly, to monitor the government's performance and protect the country's interest.


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