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Pasit not to be tried for leaking court clips: police

The Crime Suppression Division has submitted its investigative report on the five Constitution Court clips for prosecution review, recommending to drop the case involving a key suspect Pasit Sakdanarong who is adviser to the Public Health minister.

CSD deputy commander Colonel Naiyawat Padermchit cited a lack of evidence to link Pasit to the posting of the clips in cyberspace as reason against prosecution.

The case came to light in 2010 ahead of the high court's verdict on financial violations involving the Democrat Party. Although the Democrats won an acquittal, their party could face disbandment if found guilty.

The five clips were posted on Youtube, depicting what many saw as an attempt to sway the high court to rule for party dissolution.

The gist of clips were edited to show judges discussing the case in private chamber.

Police subsequently named Pasit, who was then private secretary to the high court president, and court official Chutima "Pimpij" Samsinrangsri as suspects conspiring to record and circulate the clips in cyberspace.

The investigation began when the Pheu Thai Party was in the opposition and completed coinciding with Pheu Thai in power.

CSD investigators concluded that there was no evidence or witness to link the two suspects to the clips. In regard to the identity of the uploader on Youtube, the US-based service provider refused to cooperate on ground that the action did not fall under an offence under the American laws.

The public prosecutors will have the final say on whether to try the suspects. The prosecution review is expected to complete in 30 days.


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