TV host arrested for violating Computer Crime Act

ASTV News1 satellite television host Yuthiyong Limlertwathee, seated, has been arrested for violating the Computer Crime Act by allegedly giving false information about food supply graft during his "Sapha Kafae, Sapha Prachachon'' programme. (Photo by Wassayos Ngamkham)
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ASTV News1 satellite television host Yuthiyong Limlertwathee has been arrested for violating the Computer Crime Act after he implicated several people over alleged irregularities in the food supply business to a prison.

A team of Crime Suppression Division police, led by CSD’s sub-division 1 commander Pol Cool Jirapob Phuridej, apprehended Mr Yuthiyong at a coffee shop in Wang Thong Lang district on Tuesday night.

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Mr Yuthiyong, 51, was wanted on an arrest warrant approved by the Ang Thong provincial court on Jan 11 for violating the Computer Crime Act, giving false information that caused damage to others, and colluding in defamation via television broadcast.

The arrest came after the satellite TV station’s “Sapha Kafae, Sapha Prachachon” (“Coffee Council, People Council”) programme, hosted by Mr Yuthiyong, invited a group of businessmen supplying food to the Ang Thong Central Prison as guests.

During the discussion, alleged irregularities in the food supply business were raised and third parties were implicated in graft. A complaint was then filed against Mr Yuthiyong,

Pol Maj Kokiart Wutthichamnong, CSD’s sub-division 1 crime suppression inspector, said Mr Yuthiyong would later be handed over to Muang police station in Ang Thong for legal processing.

Mr Yuthiyong told Manager Online that he had earlier acknowledged the charges to police investigators in Ang Thong after receving a summons.  He questioned why authorities issued a warrant for his arrest, since he had not received a second summons.

He added that he was not downhearted about the charges, because he performed his media duties honestly, and the case was not a personal matter.

-The Bangkok Post

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