CORRESPONDENT FIGHTS BACK AGAINST PERJURY AND CONTEMPT ON THAI LAW DAY
British journalist Andrew Drummond said today he would be returning accusations of contempt of court against a gang of three in Thailand after discovering that a photograph had been taken of him inside a court room in Bangkok – after all three had denied to a judge they had done such a thing.
Lawyers representing Drummond had informed the judge at a recent hearing in Bangkok Criminal Court that Drew Walter Noyes, Brian Goudie, and David Hanks, had been brandishing their smart phones and pointing them at Andrew Drummond in court either taking pictures, or feigning to do so. Drummond was also jostled outside the court.
All three were being sued by Andrew Drummond, and Alastair Cooper, who were returning charges of libel and libel under the Computer Crimes Act.
When asked by the judge if any of them had done so all three indignantly denied the accusation. The judge took their word and did not examine their phones. However a picture of Drummond inside the court subsequently appeared on an obscure website called phuketnewsonline, registered to Jan Jansen at Easybranches, with addresses at 34/17 Mu 3,Chaofa West Road. Phuket 83130.
Drew Noyes linked the article on Twitter and Brian Goudie then also placed links on his Facebook site.
Dutch owner #JanJansen later met Drummond and removed the photograph and a libelous article conceding it was wrong to publish. But he refused to name the source of the article.
|Goudie Facebook’s link to the contempt of court|
Lawyers will now petition to the court for all three to be summonsed for contempt of court.
If the culprit does not identify himself they will request all three be jailed until they do so.
As Jan Jansen has aided and abetted in the cover-up charges will also be placed against him for libel and contempt of court. Jansen has blamed the ‘mistake’ on a member of staff and has admitted knowing Drew Noyes but ‘not well’. He may not have been totally frank.
Checks reveal that Jansen who runs a web hosting and SEO business called Easybranches was in Noyes’ now defunct ‘Optimists’, is used by Noyes as a reference on Naymz.com, himself recommends Noyes on one of Noyes’ websites, and has also published fictitious stories provided by Noyes in the past. Noyes, Jansen and Colov appear to be in a mutual admiration society, each recommending each other on their websites.
Drew Noyes and Brian Goudie have been operating in Thailand claiming to be lawyers and running quasi legal firms. David Hanks has recently claimed to be a lawyer, says a witness in a new scam.
Drummond’s action follows the rejection by the Provincial Court in Koh Samui to have this website blocked in Thailand and also rejected demands to remove stories about two Scotsman who are taking Google to court claiming the right to be forgotten.
Brian Goudie, 47, from Falkirk, and David Hanks, 66, from Girvan, Ayrshire, had made the demands in complaints of contempt of court against British journalist Andrew Drummond, made to the Koh Samui Provincial Court.
Hanks demanded an order from the court that Drummond’s website be blocked by the Technical Crime Suppression Division of the Ministry of Information and Communication. Goudie demanded that all photographs and stories about him be removed.
|Drew Noyes links the contempt on Twitter|
The court found no evidence of contempt but warned all parties not to publish testimony of witnesses in trials currently in progress at the court until the cases were settled.
Brian Goudie is suing Drummond for libel over a series of photo-shopped pictures of Goudie but nothing Drummond had written about him. These pictures included images of Goudie dressed in a lawyer’s robe and barrister’s wig, in the uniform of the officer in the Royal Marines, and in chains entering a Thai prison, and as a fugitive.
Brian Goudie is currently on trial in the Thai resort of Pattaya where he is charged with posing as a lawyer to cheat Mrs. Barbara Fanelli Miller, aged 76, out of 7.9 million baht (£145,500) for his legal services to get her son off charges of child sexual abuse in Pattaya. He was accused of claiming to be a former Captain in the Royal Marines.
Previously he was jailed for six years in Australia for stealing some AU$340,000 from a mining company, and for a brief period (2-3 days) he was also jailed in Thailand for failing to surrender to bail.
The Australian Appeals Tribunal declined to give him residency in Australia. Part of the reason given in the judgment was that he had refused to return to Scotland to answer to an arrest warrant for a fraud on the Royal Bank and a car company. He was judged to be a man ‘not of good character’.
The Royal Navy press office has denied Goudie was in the Royal Marines proper. He had however been in the Royal Marine Reserve when he was known as Brian Goldie but he had not attained a rank higher than Marine.
David Hanks, former licence holder for the Masquerades Brothel in Keysborough, near Melbourne, in Australia, is suing Drummond for suggesting he was part of a mafia gang. Hanks is currently on bail in Thailand after being arrested on racketeering charges as the result of an investigation by Thailand’s Department of Special Investigations.
He is accused of being part of a gang which loaned cash to Russians in the resort at the rate of 60 per cent per month. The news was widely covered by the Thai press which described the gang as a ‘mafia’ operation Three Russians were also arrested.
A DSI report claims that those loaned money were beaten up if they did not repay.
The Koh Samui Court ruled that Hanks did not have the power to demand the closure of Drummond’s website – www.andrew-drummond.com.
Bangkok based journalist Andrew Drummond, from East Craigs, Edinburgh, said he was pleased with the fair judgment of the court and particularly pleased that this happened on Prince Rapee Day – or Thai Law Day. Prince Rapee the father of modern Thai law had studied law in the U.K. and much of Thai criminal law is based on the knowledge he brought to Thailand.
This is an Order of The Koh Samui Court in Thai. English translation to follow:
คำสั่งคดีโจทก์นายเดวิด จอห์น แฮงส์
ห้ามมิให้คู่ความออกโฆษณาหรือเปิดเผยซึ่งคำเบิกความในคดีลงในเว็บไซต์ สื่อ หรือสิ่งอื่นใด จนกว่าศาลจะมีคำสั่งเปลี่ยนแปลงเป็นอย่างอื่น ให้ยกคำร้องที่ขอให้ศาลมีคำสั่งไปยังเจ้าหน้าที่กระทรวงเทคโนโลยีสารสนเทศและการสื่อสารเพื่อให้ระงับเว็บไซต์ที่จำเลยลงเนื้อความพาดพิงถึงโจทก์ เนื่องจากโจทก์ไม่ใช่พนักงานเจ้าหน้าที่ซึ่งมีอำนาจยื่นคำร้องตามพระราชบัญญัติว่าด้วยการกระทำความผิดเกี่ยวกับคอมพิวเตอร์ พ.ศ.2550 มาตรา 20
พิเคราะห์คำร้อง เอกสารท้ายคำร้อง ข้อเท็จจริงที่คู่ความรับกันแล้วเห็นว่า ลักษณะข้อความตามเอกสารที่ปรากฏมีคำเบิกความของพยานที่ศาลนี้ปรากฏและมีข้อความต่อท้ายในลักษณะกล่าวหากัน ห้ามมิให้คู่ความออกโฆษณาหรือเปิดเผยซึ่งคำเบิกความในคดีลงในเว็บไซต์ สื่อ หรือสิ่งอื่นใด จนกว่าศาลจะมีคำสั่งเปลี่ยนแปลงเป็นอย่างอื่น
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