Wednesday 23 December 2015

Pattaya, 22nd December 2015

Alastair 'Ally' Cooper

A UK expat oil worker from Hull has been indicted in Pattaya Provincial Court in Thailand charged with Internet related offences.

Alastair 'Ally' Stuart Cooper has been formally indicted for allegedly using a Facebook profile to commit  a range of computer offences such as posting electronically altered images, as well as allegedly posting threats and defamatory remarks.

In a case filed by Drew Noyes Cooper has been charged jointly with the offences with Andrew Michael Drummond, a UK based blogger.

Drummond did not appear in Court as he had already absconded whilst on bail in January 2015, and the Court has issued an arrest warrant.

Cooper will face trial in November next year, and could face up to twenty years in prison if convicted - under Thai law each post carries a maximum 5 year jail term, but in cases with multiple posts, the aggregate sentence is capped at 20 years.

Cooper claims in his defence he was a tourist despite having a wife and young daughter in Thailand's North East.

Cooper pleaded not guilty,  and was released on bail of THB 100, 000 (GBP 2,000) and now can only leave Thailand with the permission of the Court.

Cooper is expected to face further charges.


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