Thai court acquits man accused of defaming king
BANGKOK (AP) - A Thai court on Friday acquitted a man whose own brother accused him of defaming the country's monarch, an extraordinarily grave charge in this South-east Asian kingdom punishable by up to 15 years in jail.
A judge who read out the verdict said there was not enough evidence to convict Yuthapoom Martnok. His brother Thanawat had been his only accuser, and other relatives had insisted Yuthapoom never insulted the crown.
Still, Yuthapoom was imprisoned for a year and denied bail on national security grounds. He will be freed later Friday.
Yuthapoom's wife, Jongkon Kongthin, welcomed the verdict but called the time apart from her husband "torture".