Tuesday 14 October 2014

Pattaya, October 14th 2014
Andrew Drummond - facing opposition to bail.
A former British journalist who now runs a blog from Bangkok will this Thursday (October 16th) face two court hearings in two separate criminal cases in Thailand.

Andrew Drummond, 63, a convicted criminal who was convicted of criminal defamation and sentenced to four months jail  (suspended for one year) in February 2014 in Pattaya Provincial Court will face Court on the Thai island of Koh Samui in a case brought by David Hanks,  and on the same day is expected to be forced to post what Plaintiff's expect will be a 'substantial' bail bond in Pattaya Court in a further case.

It is rumoured that documents have been filed by the Plaintiff in case number 1327/2557 in Pattaya Court objecting to Drummond being released on bail as Drummond now faces at least three criminal trials in other cases early next year in matters brought by Drew Noyes and Brian Goudie that have already been accepted for trial.

It is thought the Court will be asked to set tough bail conditions such as a higher than normal bail bond, confirmation of a residential address, travel restrictions and surrender of passport.

Drummond failed to appear in Koh Samui Court on Monday 13th October in case numbers 1269/2556 and 1826/2556 filed by Goudie last year, in which the Court has already found a prima facie case existed to go to trial - Drummond's lawyer was told that Drummond must now surrender to bail and answer two indictments in two separate cases that list eleven separate breaches of Thailand's Computer Crimes Act at 0900hrs on November 13th. The Court noted in the record that no further adjournments will be granted, and if Drummond fails to appear again arrest warrants will be issued.

A further case filed by David Hanks in Samui, number 1246/2556, has been set down for Thursday 16th October - a hearing at which the Court is expected to commit Drummond to trial on yet more Computer Crimes Charges.

Even if Drummond is released in case number 1327/2557 in Pattaya Provincial Court - also under Thailand's tough Computer Crimes Act, plaintiffs are expected to oppose bail in every other case citing the ,many cases already accepted, coupled with the fact that Drummond is a convicted criminal alleged to now be committing offences while on a suspended sentence, and also while already on bail.

It is understood that Drummond in another case, number 8369/2556, filed by Drew Noyes in Pattaya Provincial Court, will face an application to have his bail revoked since circumstances have changed with the acceptance of three new cases since bail was granted,

At least two other new criminal cases are already filed against Drummond awaiting preliminary hearing, bringing the total number of pending cases to at least seven.


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