-“I’m NOT Going To Jail – Unless I Am Ordered” –
|(Pic-Drew Noyes and Wanrapa Boonsu)|
Drew Noyes – the controversial American behind the Pattaya Times, boss of Pappa (Law) Company, and a self confessed expert on Thai libel law, told a night court in Pattaya that he would not go to jail on a charge of attempting to blackmail a health clinic in Pattaya out of 7 million baht.
The 56-year-old ‘entrepreneur’ told Pattaya Provincial Court on Monday night: “I will fight the case to the Supreme Court if need to”
However when he was asked if he was ordered to go to jail would he replied ‘Yes. If I was ordered’.
Drew Noyes asked the court to accept a case of libel against British journalist Andrew Drummond, publisher of this site who published a picture taken from the Mangus Evans Facebook page.
The picture showed Niels Colov, Drew Noyes’s friend and CEO of the Pattaya People Media Group pictured with Danish career criminal Lone Fristrup Jensen under the caption ‘Been to jail’ and the arrest picture of Drew Noyes for extortion under the caption ‘Going to Jail’.
Niels Colov, prior to arriving in Thailand was jailed for pimping, violence, and other matters carried out in Copenhagen’s red light district of Vesterbrogade.
Asked whether he knew that Drummond was commenting on a picture reproduced from the Mangus Evans Facebook page – Drew Noyes said he had never seen the Mangus Evans Facebook page in question.
|Under arrest – Drew Noyes with Wanrapa Boonsu|
Asked whether he had seen almost identical pictures in the Thai Rath and Nation, he replied ‘No’.
‘But is that not you?’ He replied when shown two newspaper clippings: “It looks like me”. He finally conceded it was him.
“But these pictures do not have these captions. I was led to believe a man was innocent until proved guilty”.
Asked whether there was anything in the story which suggested that Andrew Drummond believed he was going to jail or agreed with Mangus Evans. He replied that he did not read the story.
“I just saw the picture. I showed it to my lawyers and they said that was enough to bring a case.”
He said his businesses had been badly damaged. He provided legal services to foreigners in Thailand and deal with divorce, visas, work permits and contract law.
“I have been in Thailand 14 years and have done a lot of charity work. What this article means is that I have been found guilty of a crime and I will go to jail.”
He told the court he had hosted a meeting with a Thai Princess and set up a meeting with her and American soldiers and had been Chairman of an Expats Club for your years.
“People have emailed me to say they thought I was a good guy and did lots of good things for the community but now they had read Andrew Drummond’s website they no longer thought that.”
He claimed Andrew Drummond was not a journalist. ‘Just a blogger’. “He gets his money from his webpage, not from journalism.”
He said he had not been to jail. He was detained in a waiting room for seven hours prior to a police press conference and the rest of the time he was in the office of the Chief of Pattaya Police whom he knew well.
The interpreter for Noyes was Wanrapa Boonsu, his common law wife who was with him at the time of his arrest. She has also been charged with extortion.
The case was adjourned for the judge to decide whether to accept the case for trial. An identical case to the above brought by Wanrapa Boonsu will also be contested. Andrew Drummond was not required to give evidence.
A second case brought by Drew Noyes and Australian David Hanks in relation to a poster on this site which contained comments that Noyes had been a pimp and ran beer bars, and had a mia noi in the Buffalo bar, and had also been involved in buying an ‘OfficalBlowjobs’ internet domain was also adjourned. Andrew Drummond was also not required to give evidence.
A case brought by Andrew Drummond against Noyes for breach of a court compromise was adjourned for Noyes to answer the charges as he claimed he had not received a summons. No evidence was taken. Report by SJB.
Andrew Drummond writes: Judging by these cases Drew Noyes is merely attempting to drain me of the cash I have to spend fighting them. I have an excellent team who are 100 per cent behind me who are being merciful over fees but of course, as I am sure you can imagine, it is having an affect. So if anybody still has the odd few pennies its always appreciated and thanks to all who respondended to my last appeal. The actual act of making a contribution is as valueable as the contribution itself.