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Dr Warong Dechgitvigrom, the leader of the Thai Pakdee Party, emerged triumphant today as the Criminal Court acquitted him in a high-stakes defamation suit brought forth by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the former leader of the now-defunct Future Forward Party.

Amidst the legal theatrics, Thanathorn, now at the helm of the Progressive Movement, was conspicuously absent as the verdict echoed through the halls of justice. Meanwhile, outside the courthouse, Dr Warong seized the moment, defiantly raising his fist in victory.

Having dodged legal bullets twice before, with acquittals in libel suits brought by Move Forward Party’s former leader Pita Limjaroenrat and now-defunct Future Forward’s spokesperson Pannika Wanich, the seasoned politician knows how to play the game.

The court deemed Warong not guilty, highlighting that his words were merely expressions of opinion, delivered in good faith.

Warong didn’t hold back, launching a scathing attack on his adversaries. He lambasted the plaintiffs, suggesting that their legal skirmishes were nothing more than frivolous wastes of time and money, reported Thai PBS World.

At the heart of this legal turmoil was Thanathorn’s accusation against Warong, alleging that the Pakdee Party leader insinuated collusion between parties and activist groups to undermine the monarchy, aired during fiery Facebook live broadcasts in January and February 2021.

In related news, in a landmark verdict, a reporter has been cleared of three counts of defamation, marking a victory against the backdrop of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) cases. The Nakhon Ratchasima Provincial Court’s decision last Wednesday to clear Chutima Sidasathian serves as a beacon of hope for free speech advocates in the country, who have long battled against such oppressive legal tactics.

In other news, a court in Nakhon Si Thammarat officially declared activist Surachai Danwattananusorn missing, igniting concerns over his fate after years of silence since his exile in Laos in 2018. The ruling, delivered on February 12, grants his wife, Pranee Danwattananusorn, the authority to handle his assets, shedding light on the ordeal endured by his family in the absence of any trace of him.

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Author: Mitch Connor