Thailand: Red Shirt Leader Jailed For Two Years

BANGKOK, June 10 (Bernama) — Leader of the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), also known as “Red Shirt”, Jatuporn Prompan was sentenced to two years in prison by the Appeals Court on Friday for slandering former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

The ruling was to confirm an earlier ruling by the Criminal Court that sentenced Jatuporn to two years in jail with no suspended jail sentence for accusing Abhisit of ordering the slaughter of Red Shirt protesters during the anti-government protest in 2009.

The Red Shirt leader also accused the ex-Prime Minister of intercepting the attempt to seek the royal pardon for the fugitive premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

The Appeals Court said people have the right to criticise politicians but it must be based on facts and for the sake of peace and order of the country.