Thai court acquits man accused of defaming king

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Associated Press

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 10:33 PM

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court has acquitted a man whose own brother accused him of defaming the country's king.

The charge of lese majeste is a grave one in Thailand, punishable by up to 15 years in jail.

A judge who read out the verdict in Bangkok on Friday said there was not enough evidence to convict Yuthapoom Martnok. His brother Thanawat was his only accuser, and other relatives had said Yuthapoom never insulted the monarch.

Still, Yuthapoom has been imprisoned for a year and denied bail on national security grounds. He will be freed later Friday.

Yuthapoom's case was unusual not only because it pitted one brother's word against another, but because the alleged transgressions were said to have occurred in private, in their home.

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