Kwanchai Presses Libel Charge Against Democrat MP

(10 October) A prominent member of the Redshirts movements and his wife have pressed charge of defamation against a Democrat MP who accused them them of stealing diamonds during political riots in 2010.

Around 100 Redshirts also accompanied Mr. Kwanchai Praipana and Ms. Arphon Sarakham to the police station in Udon Thani province.

According to the evidences presented to the police, Mr. Issara Somchai has spoken on the stage of a Democrat-organised rally on 5 October that Ms. Arphon has stolen diamonds from Central World shopping mall, which was partially burned down in the chaotic aftermath of Redshirts rally in 2010.

Mr. Issara was criticising the attempts by Pheu Thai Party to amend the 2007 Constitution to pave way for a fully elected Senate body and lift the ban which prevents spouses of existing MPs to run for the Senate.

The Democrat MP reportedly told the crowd that after the Constitution is amended and Ms. Arphon elected as a Senator, "The Parliament will be a parliament of thugs".

Mr. Kwanchai claimed Mr. Issara violated the laws by broadcasting such libellous statements via Blue Sky TV, the cable network allied to Democrat Party.

He added that Ms. Arphon has been a "fighter" for democracy and encouraged to run for the Senate by her Redshirts supporters.

The Redshirt leader also threatened to press charges against Mr. Issara in other police stations across the country.

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