Drew Noyes, the American businessman first exposed for fraudulent dealings by the American newspaper the Wilmington Morning Star and more recently for other matters on this site, will tell a court tomorrow (Monday) that he has been libeled in a picture caption which read ‘Going to Jail’.
He claims the ‘effrontery’of publishing the picture, which was taken of him when he was arrested with his wife Wanrapa Boonsu on a charge of trying to extort 7 million baht from the Thonglor Clinic, has damaged his reputation.
Beside Noyes and Wanrapa is another picture of Niels Colov, of the Pattaya People Media Group and head of the Pattaya Police Volunteers , who was captioned ‘Been to Jail’. This has not been contested.
A spokesman for the legal firm representing Andrew Drummond, who is being sued, after publishing the picture from the Mangus Evans Facebook page, said they would ask the court to dismiss the case.
Said Andrew Drummond: “My view is that it is more likely that Drew Noyes’arrest for extortion and publication of that event in Thailand’s biggest newspaper the Thai Rath and the English news may have done more to damage Mr. Noyes reputation.
“Further this is a comment by Mangus Evans, whoever he is, and I would defend his right to speculate as to whether Drew Noyes is going to jail on a charge of extortion, after all people have been speculating for years whether a former Prime Minister of Thailand will go to jail.
“Personally it is not my view that Noyes is going to jail. If he was he should have been there a long time ago.
“If found guilty he should rightly receive a jail sentence. But he was given bail after a day in a police cell and even if convicted I do not rule out that he might be given bail again.
“The ease in which people are given bail on serious crimes is one which was recently highlighted by the father of a Dutch woman, who was beaten and raped on Krabi, who then produced a video and put it on the net in protest when her alleged attacker was bailed.
Mr. Noyes and Wanrapa Boonsu are listed for trial on extortion on February 5th next year. On December 8th and 10th another libel court will sit again to hear allegations that he libeled Pattaya businessman, and seasonal Father Christmas Andre Machielsen by calling him a drugs dealer.
The arrest of Drew Noyes and Wanrapa Boonsu was not reported in the Pattaya Times, or the Pattaya People, Pattaya Mail or Pattaya Blatt and was withdrawn from the Pattaya One news site after pressure from an influential person. In other words this news was hidden from foreigners but not Thais in Pattaya. Clearly the owners of the foreign media in Pattaya are not properly representing foreigners. One exception was Pattaya Today.
Footnote: Mangus Evans is actually the creation of Drew Noyes who said he was a Scottish hotel owner who allegedly wrote to the Pattaya Times calling Andrew Drummond ‘wanker’ breaking new grounds in English language newspaper publishing in Thailand.
The nearest Scottish equivalent to Mangus is actually Magnus, which is Icelandic and of course Evans is as Welsh as you could get. Later a person or persons unknown took possession of the name and created a Facebook page with it and subsequently attacked Drew Noyes on several levels.
The Facebook page no longer exists.
|The gist of the alleged libel|