Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Pattaya, 2nd December 2014

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Andrew Drummond - fails to comply with Supreme Court Order
Convicted journalist Andrew Drummond has failed to comply with an order of the Supreme Court of Thailand and may face the prospect of an immediate custodial jail sentence.

Drummond was convicted by a judgement of the Supreme Court of Thailand on 27th October 2014 in case number 2137/2557 in a case filed by James Lumsden, but Drummond has failed to comply with the order of the Court.

The case is a long running defamation case, going back to 2004. Drummond was initially convicted in Pattaya Provincial Court and sentenced to two months imprisonment (suspended for two years) but in 2007 the conviction was reversed by the Region 2 Court of Appeal.

On 27th October 2014, the Supreme Court of Thailand reversed the Region 2 Court of Appeal decision and confirmed the decision of Pattaya Provincial Criminal Court, sentencing Drummond to two months imprisonment (suspended for two years), fined him THB 20,000 (GBP400) and ordered Drummond to publish the decision of the Supreme Court in 'The Bangkok Post' and 'Pattaya Today' newspapers three times within thirty days of the Court rendering judgement.

Sources have confirmed Drummond has failed to publish the judgement as ordered, and may now face the prospect of being summonsed before the Supreme Court to be resentenced, and may well face the prospect of an immediate custodial jail term for failing to comply with the judgement.

Drummond will face the Supreme Court again on December 16th in a second case filed by Lumsden, and it is widely speculated that case will also result in a conviction.

Drummond was previously convicted earlier this year on 3rd February when he was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment (suspended for one year) and fined THB 40,000 (GBP800) in  a case filed by David Hanks and Drew Noyes - that decision has been appealed.

In other cases, Drummond will face trial next year in Koh Samui Criminal Court in case number 1246/2556,1269/2556 and 1826/2556 and in Pattaya Provincial Criminal Court in case numbers 8368/2556 and 1237/2557.

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