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Ex-legal chief files defamation charge against masseuse who accused him of extortion

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Ex-legal chief files defamation charge against masseuse who accused him of extortion

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PATTAYA:--Pattaya’s former top lawyer has filed defamation  charges against a Jomtien Beach masseuse who publicly accused him of masterminding a plan to have municipal police extort hefty bribes from beach vendors to fund a New Year’s party.

 

Sretapol Boonsawat, who headed Pattaya attorney’s office before taking over the head of a Jomtien Beach massage association and becoming an advisor to current Mayor Sonthaya Kun­plome, denied all accusations by Pakjira Wuthiphan that he pushed club members to pay city hall regulatory officers up to 20,000 baht to pay for their holiday party.

 

He said the accusations, leveled on cable television, were false, damaged his reputation and brought public ridicule on him.

 

Defamation, if proved, can carry a penalty of up to two years in prison in Thailand and a fine of up to 200,000 baht.

 

A group of municipal police were suspended late last month and Sonthaya ordered an investigative panel immediately probe the complaints brought by the beach vendors.

 

Read more: https://www.pattayamail.com/news/ex-legal-chief-files-defamation-charge-against-masseuse-who-accused-him-of-extortion-247011

-- PATTAYA MAIL 2019-22-02--

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1 hour ago, biggles45 said:

Sadly even if he did it, and it can be proven he did it, the truth is not a defence against defamation in Thailand. Thats why it is so popular with politicians....! 

Just another indiction of the weakness, of contemporary Thai society, that is allows laws like this, which protect the rich and powerful, and prevent the outing of creeps, thieves, corruption and malfeasance. Any coward can hide behind the law. I can think of someone close to home, back in the US, who has been doing that his whole career. It does not mean it is right, and it does not say alot for the legal system.

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Can prison time be the end result of defamation law or is it strictly civil and monetary rewards ?  

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54 minutes ago, IAMHERE said:

Can prison time be the end result of defamation law or is it strictly civil and monetary rewards ?  

Criminal defamation. Section 326 of the Thai Penal Code provides that a person who imputes anything to a third party in a manner likely to impair the reputation of another, or to expose such person to hatred or contempt is guilty of defamation. If the publication is made in a visible or easily reproduced manner, such as through print, video, and recordings, then an offender can be incarcerated for up to two years, subjected to fines of up to 200,000 baht, or both. In addition, charges of defamation, if lodged against a company, will also extend to its directors, regardless of their involvement with the allegedly defamatory statement.

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Crikey, penalties are worse than for many more serious crimes.

A Hi-So can pay less for killing someone.

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Children at Play.

Shame the children of Thailand are so old now days.

Peter Pan, has nothing on most of the Thai male population. :coffee1:

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