The Courier-Mail

Thai court dumps case against Aussie editor

- Crime · Royal Thai Navy · Royal Thai Navy

AUS­TRALIAN jour­nal­ist Alan Mori­son has de­scribed be­ing “in­cred­i­bly re­lieved and happy” at be­ing set free by a Thai court af­ter an or­deal last­ing more than 18 months that could have seen him locked in prison for seven years.

Mori­son, 67, a distin­guished jour­nal­ist for­merly of Mel­bourne, and his Thai col­league Chutima Su­dasathian, were ac­quit­ted of charges un­der the Com­puter Crimes Act that they al­legedly de­famed the Royal Thai Navy.

Mori­son (pic­tured) told The Courier-Mail he was “in­cred­i­bly re­lieved and happy” once the judg­ment, which was de­liv­ered in Thai, be­came clear. How­ever he said there was a pos­si­bil­ity the Royal Thai Navy may ap­peal the de­ci­sion, de­spite the case be­ing “a mis­take”.

“At the mo­ment the Thai jus­tice sys­tem has pre­vailed and I think ev­ery­body, in­clud­ing 99 per cent of the Royal Thai Navy, will be happy with what’s hap­pened,” he said.

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