Prison terms for ex-Pheu Thai MPs

Former Pheu Thai MPs Prompong Nopparit and Kiat-udom Menasawat are each facing one-year prison terms after the Appeals Court ruled they do not deserve suspension of their sentences for defaming former Constitution Court judge Wasant Soypisuth.

Mr Wasant filed a defamation lawsuit against  Prompong, a former Pheu Thai Party list MP, and Kiat-udom, a former Pheu Thai MP for Udon Thani, after they publicly accused him of lacking in judicial ethics and impartiality on June 8, 2010.

The Criminal Court found the pair guilty of defamation and sentenced each to one year in prison and a fine of 50,000 baht. The custodial sentences were initially suspended for two years.

Mr Wasant took the case to the Appeals Court.

The Appeals Court today decided to lift the suspension on the sentences, ruling that the two defendants had intentionally insulted the judge and discredited the judiciary, despite being highly educated and holding political positions.

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Discussion 1 : 12/12/2013 at 05:39 PM
No, not for this and not anyone PTP or Democrat; when you enter government and deliberately put yourself in the public light, you lose your right to suppress speech about your character or actions. This is Thailand's greatest free speech problem, not the Leste Majeste Laws.
Discussion 2 : 12/12/2013 at 02:22 PM
About time a politician goes to jail.
Discussion 3 : 12/12/2013 at 02:16 PM
Any more appeals because I doubt they will go to prison .After saying that the sentence dose seem over the top.These petty squabbles need to change if the country is to move forward.It is like being in the middle ages or a children's playground and how much energy has been wasted instead of say investigating corruption.
Discussion 4 : 12/12/2013 at 02:11 PM
Let's hope the Supreme court takes an even harder line on this case when it comes up for the final appeal, so as to discourage others from wasting the courts time, when the case is obviously sound and the appeals were only lodged to further delay the sentence from being carried out. Traditionally each level of court has used a doubling of the original sentence when it felt that the appeals have been frivolous in nature.
Discussion 5 : 12/12/2013 at 02:02 PM
Could this be the start? There will be a lot of people folowwing them if it is.
Discussion 6 : 12/12/2013 at 01:35 PM
I know what I want to say, but as a Western Lawyer I'm advising myself against saying it.

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