Bangkok Post's

The Sea View Resort released a five-page statement on Saturday after news of its legal action against Wesley Barnes attracted widespread attention. The statement was posted on the Twitter account of Richard Barrow, a British expat travel blogger with 167,000 followers.

Under Thailand’s tough criminal defamation laws, Mr Barnes could face up to two years in prison if found guilty.

The first paragraph seems to describe a civil lawsuit while the one that directly follows seems to describe a criminal issue.

While the results of, or thing brought to light by one might impact the other, my understanding is that in many countries these are separate processes.

Question: Is that also true in Thailand (with perhaps the sometimes perceived exception of it's Lèse-majesté law), or are they more closely linked so that the the second paragraph following the first is more than simply listing two related but different things?

I don't usually see "found guilty" in a discussion of a civil lawsuit.


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