Thailand 'Red Shirt' leader wins appeal over royal seating claim
BANGKOK (AFP) - A Thai "Red Shirt" leader was on Tuesday cleared of slander over claims that he accused the former premier of sitting incorrectly during an audience with the king, his lawyer said.
Mr Jatuporn Prompan, who was last year found guilty of slandering former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in 2009, had his conviction overturned by the Court of Appeal in Bangkok.
"The verdict said Jatuporn honestly expressed his opinion and that the general public did not have to believe him," his lawyer Winyat Chatmontree told AFP.
He added that the former MP had made an innocent mistake in his criticism of Mr Abhisit because he "has no idea of royal protocol".