THE Public Prosecutor yesterday (Oct. 25) filed a lawsuit against Parliament President and incumbent Speaker of House of Representatives Mr. Chuan Leekpai on a charge of defaming former prime minister Thaksin Shinawater on Oct. 28, 2012 just three days before the statute of limitations was to expire, TV Channel 7 said today.
Chuan had on that day given a speech on Thaksin’s policies on southern border provinces and it is alleged that an error was made.
Investigating officers at Wat Phraya Krai police station on Oct. 20, 2022 submitted this case to the Public Prosecutor with the opinion that Chuan be sued for defamation by advertising but not violating the Computer Crime Act. The prosecutors then filed the lawsuit at Southern Bangkok Criminal Court yesterday.
Chuan had served as the Thai prime minister from September 20, 1992 to May 19, 1995 and again from November 9, 1997 to February 9, 2001.
Meanwhile Democrat Party’s spokesman Rames Rattanachaweng said in a Facebook post that this case had remained silent for a lengthy period leading to all parties thinking that statute of limitations had run out but in fact it had not with the lawsuit filed just three days before it was to do so.
He added that he talked about this case with Chuan over the phone and he had said not to let it drop because everyone is equal under the law and all must respect it and that he is ready to fight.
Chuan had also said that dropping the case would cause damage to both the police and public prosecutors.
Parliament President and House Speaker Chuan Leekpai, right in above photo and left in Front Page image, and former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Top photo: Thai Rath, Front Page photo: Matichon Weekly