Redshirt activist and former well-known singer Arisman Pongruangrong was today sentenced to serve one year in prison by the Supreme Court for defaming the former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in 2009.
The ruling today was final after he was charged by Abhisit of defamation for public address on two occasions, on October 11 and 17, 2009 at the Victory Monument and Government House, accusing him for delaying a royal pardon petition by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and for ordering troops to shoot at anti-government protesters.
Earlier the Appeals Court and the Court of First Instance (Criminal Court) handed down one year prison sentence with no suspension of jail term on Arisman after finding him guilty of the charges.
Arisman was not present in the court today in Bangkok as he is still serving a four-year sentence in Pattaya prison earlier handed down by the Appeals Court and the first court for breaking up the Asean Summit held at Royal Cliff Beach Hotel in Pattaya.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)