BANGKOK: In the struggle against Tungkum mining company, Suraphan Rujichaiyawat, a leading activist with the Rak Ban Kerd group in Loei, found himself indicted in court for several alleged crimes.
One of these was a cyber-crime, as Suraphan was alleged to have defamed the firm on the group’s Facebook page Muang Rae Muang Loei (Mineral Mines in Loei).
In December 2014 he posted a photo of a letter of complaint that alleged Tungkum was illegally given permission to operate a gold mine and a gem mine on six plots of land.
The Nation has obtained the official indictment from Suraphan’s lawyer which shows that a representative of Tungkum lodged a complaint against the activist in a court in Mae Sot in Tak province.
It was alleged that Suraphan had committed a crime because the message posted could be viewed by clients of the company and may damage the firm’s credibility.