Jatuporn found guilty of defaming Abhisit

Red Shirt Co-leader Jatuporn Prompan has been found guilty of defaming Democrat Leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, and given a six-month jail term, suspended for two years, and a 50,000 baht fine.

The Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road yesterday found the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) Leader guilty of defaming the then Prime minister in his speeches made from January 29, 2010 to February 15, 2010. The former MP accused Mr Abhisit on the UDD stage of ordering soldiers to kill people and of evading military conscription.

The case was filed by Mr Abhisit himself on March 15, 2010.

The court found the rabble-rousing red-shirt leader guilty as charged, but said that the defendant had never conducted this action before, therefore, the six-month jail term has been suspended for two years. It also ordered Jatuporn to publish its verdict on two national newspapers for seven days at his own expense.

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