The defamation weapon / thaipoliticalprisoners
Junta-appointed Senator Upakit Pachariyangkun is back in the news, thanks to Move Forward MP Rangsiman Rome.
Upakit is the senator who was briefly wanted for arrest in connection with an alleged drug trafficking and money laundering ring, until the warrant was quickly made to disappear.
During last week's censure debate Rangsiman tore shreds from the unelected senator's claims and denials while drawing the links between Upakit and the regime that handed him his position and Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha's Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party. He also picked up on Upakit’s business links to Tun Min Latt, a Myanmar tycoon with close ties to coup leader Senior General Min Aung Hliang.
In the manner of crooks, thieves, and corrupt politicians, Upakit's response was to sue Rangsiman for defamation. Upakit’s lawyer has "filed a criminal defamation lawsuit against Rangsiman over the content of the speech, as well as a civil lawsuit demanding 100 million baht in damages."
Upakit wants Rangsiman to shut up, not least because the latter came up with damning evidence of Upakit's corruption., dark influence, and connections. Clearly, there's more to come out, so Upakit is desperate.
Of course, the swill in the senate are uninterested:
Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, President of the Senate, said that the Senate currently has no plan to launch an investigation of Upakit, claiming that they do not have the information and no complaint has been filed.
Pornpetch also said that since Upakit filed a lawsuit against Rangsiman, the Senate cannot get involved.
Of course it can't. But, then again, it wouldn't anyway as its task is to run interference for its bosses and it corrupt members.