Pattaya Daily News

26 September 2008 :: 05:09:52 am 42100

Ex-Pm Samak Loses Court Case; Bail Granted

BANGKOK, Sept 25 - Thailand‘s Appeals Court upheld the Lower Court‘s two-year jail sentence against former prime minister Samak Sundaravej in a libel lawsuit.
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Mr. Samak was forced out of office following an earlier verdict by the Constitution Court, which had found him guilty of having received payment from hosting a TV cooking show.

Mr. Prachum Thongmee, lawyer for former prime minister Samak, said the court had granted his client temporary release on Bt200,000 bail and receipt of a letter from the House Speaker stating that he is a Member of Parliament as the current House is in session.

The ex-premier’s lawyer said he would discuss with his client the issue of filing an appeal to the Supreme Court within 30 days as outlined under law.

The ex-premier, who appeared in court to hear the verdict, refused to answer any questions. He has maintained a low profile since being removed from the premiership on September 9.

Avoiding the media after the court verdict, Mr. Samak was whisked away from an army of reporters through the court’s back door before his driver drove him home.

Mr. Samak and Dusit Siriwan, a former Prime Minister’s Office minister, had both been earlier sentenced to two-year jail terms on charges of making slanderous statements against Samart Ratchapholsit, a former Bangkok deputy governor, involving contractor deals, during their TV news programme two years ago.

The fact that the Criminal Court verdict had not suspended the jail sentence prompted the ex-premier to file an appeal.

The plaintiff Mr. Samart said he would file another lawsuit against the two in a civil court seeking a compensation of at least Bt100 million. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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