The Courier-Mail

Thai court dumps case against Aussie editor

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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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