Friday 19 December 2014

Pattaya, December 16th 2014

Andrew Drummond - fails to appear in Court for the second time in a month.
Convicted British journalist Andrew Drummond this week failed to appear at the reading of a judgement of the Supreme Court of Thailand claiming sudden illness prevented him attending.

In case number 3014/45 lawyers for James Lumsden and the Court were waiting on the convicted journalist to appear, however were advised Drummond would once again not appear in Court.

This week Drummond failed to appear in a case filed by James Lumsden, a Pattaya businessman, who Drummond wrote an article on in 2004, and it has taken over ten years for the Supreme Court to prepare this judgement.

This is the second time in as many weeks Drummond has failed to appear in Court after failing to appear in Court in Koh Samui last month in two cases filed by Brian Goudie and a case filed by David Hanks claiming he was suffering from high blood pressure. Drummond had previously told Koh Samui Court he could not attend as he was attending meetings, and that claim is now under investigation and if proven false will likely result in a prosecution for contempt of court.

Drummond was recently convicted by the Supreme Court of Thailand in a second case filed by Lumsden, and it is widely speculated he will also be convicted in the present case. Drummond has already failed to comply with an order of the Court to publish the judgement in the Bangkok Post, and has now been given an extension to comply - failure to comply a second time will likely result in a prosecution for contempt of Court.

Goudie said today 'Very clever at writing on the internet, but not so clever about turning up at Court to face the music. That just about sums it all up'.

Drummond has not reported his conviction by the Supreme Court of Thailand on his web site.


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