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Thaksin suit against Sondhi dismissed

Posted by Rattana_S On February - 28 - 2013

The Min Buri Court on Thursday dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra against People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) co-leader Sondhi Limthongkul and five other people for issuing a statement pointing out the shortcomings of his government.

According to the lawsuit, the six defendants on March 28, 2008 issued a statement criticising the then government of Samak Sundaravej for planning to amend Sections 237 of the 2007 constitution to prevent the People Power Party from being dissolved for electoral fraud and Section 309 to clear all graft accusations made against Thaksin by the Assets Scrutiny Committee, appointed by military after the Sept 19, 2006 coup.

The statement also stressed a case in which Thaksin was sentenced to two years imprisonment by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division against Holders of Political Positions for violating the National Anti-Corruption Act in connection with the Ratchadapisek land case.

It also criticised the Thaksin government for using harsh measures in drugs suppression, causing the death of about 2,600 people and privatising state enterprises such as PTT to benefit certain groups of people.

The court dismissed the lawsuit, reasoning that it was normal for the defendants to have criticised and pointed out alleged mistakes and shortcomings by a wellknown public figure in charge of the country’s administration.

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