Suthep acquitted of defaming UDD leaders

Suthep Thaugsuban at the Criminal Court for the defamation judgement on Tuesday. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

The Criminal Court has acquitted Suthep Thaugsuban, a former deputy prime minister, of defaming core members of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and breaking the election law in 2011.

According to the lawsuit brought against him, Mr Suthep on May 22, 2011, during a media interview at a hotel in Lak Si area accused Jatuporn Prompan, Nattawut Saikuar and Weng Tojirakan of involvement in fires started at many places around the country.

The plaintiffs alleged this damaged their reputations and affected the Pheu Thai Party's election prospects.  Mr Suthep's interview was given before the general election on July 3, 2011.

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