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Thai actor faces defamation, Computer Crimes complaint over Naka Noi Facebook post

Thai actor faces defamation, Computer Crimes complaint over Naka Noi Facebook post

PHUKET: Thai celebrity actor Puri Hiranprueck has had criminal complaints filed with the police against him for defamation and breach of the Computer Crimes Act for his Facebook post earlier this week that claimed armed men had brought machinery onto Naka Noi Island to clear forest.

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By Darawan Naknakhon

Saturday 9 April 2016, 11:30AM


Charnwit Kitlerdsiriwattana (right), the 65-year-old Managing Director of Phukhaohokluk Co Ltd, and fellow main Phukhaohokluk Co investor Jessada Thawthip (centre) filed the complaints at Thalang Police Station yesterday (Apr 8). Photo: Darawan Naknakhon

Charnwit Kitlerdsiriwattana (right), the 65-year-old Managing Director of Phukhaohokluk Co Ltd, and fellow main Phukhaohokluk Co investor Jessada Thawthip (centre) filed the complaints at Thalang Police Station yesterday (Apr 8). Photo: Darawan Naknakhon

Charnwit Kitlerdsiriwattana, the 65-year-old Managing Director of Phukhaohokluk Co Ltd, and fellow main Phukhaohokluk Co investor Jessada Thawthip filed the complaints at Thalang Police Station yesterday (Apr 8) at 11:30am.

Phukhaohokluk Co Ltd claims to own the 24 rai of land on Naka Noi Island that Mr Puri claimed was endangered. The company’s claim, however, is under investigation by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), following a complaint filed by Mr Puri in December. (See story here.)

Mr Charnwit and Mr Jessada filed the complaints against Mr Puri and his brother Pongsook Hiranprueck, who they said had defamed their company by posting untrue statements on social media and breaching the Computer Crimes Act.

"We filed the complaints today because our company reputation has been damaged by the recent statement posted on Facebook by the actor and the talk show host,” Mr Charnwit said.

“I know they have the right to post whatever they like on their personal pages, but posting messages that are not true is not right.

Mr Charnwit pointed out that he was aware that both defamation and breach of the Computer Crimes Act were criminal charges.

“Since the damage done to our company is severe, we will file a civil lawsuit against them too,” he said.

Mr Charnwit added, “I insist that the message they posted online is not true. On the first day, we went to the island to check the area. We did not bring a lot of workers, firearms or backhoes like they said.

“We went there to make steps to go up the hill and clear out some weeds in the area – that's all,” he said.




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