On Thursday the appeal judges said they had found no reason to overturn a lower court decision that convicted Mr Samak of defaming the deputy governor of Bangkok in another television appearance, this time on a political talk show he hosted in January 2006.Thailand has criminal liability for civil cases. In Western countries you cannot be sentenced to jail for losing a civil law case. Rather, the losing party of a civil case pays damages to the offended party.
At least in this respect, the Thai legal system is a disgrace. Poor Samak.