The Straits Times
Published on Sep 26, 2012

Thai 'Yellow Shirt' founder cleared of royal slur


BANGKOK (AFP) - A Bangkok court on Wednesday acquitted the founder of Thailand's monarchist "Yellow Shirt" protest movement of royal insult charges for repeating excerpts from a speech by a political rival.

Mr Sondhi Limthongkul, one of Thailand's most controversial political figures, had "no intention" of breaching strict lese majeste laws in his 2008 comments, according to one of the judges in the capital's Criminal Court.

"The court has found that the defendant quoted parts of another person's speech with the intention to call for police to take legal action against that person," she said at the hearing, attended by around 50 supporters of the nationalist Yellows.

"The defendant's action was not intended to insult the monarchy."