Supreme Court acquits group of Moonies
The Nation (Bangkok,Thailand)
Supreme Court acquits group of MooniesDamian J. Anderson
Dr Lek Thaveetermsakul, secretary-general of the local arm of the Moonies' Unification Church, Universal Peace Foundation, was overjoyed when the Supreme Court acquitted him and seven others Thursday of charges related to racketeering, public deception and threat to national security. The charges were filed by the National Peace Keeping Council (NPKC) about two decades ago.
Lek said he was happy that justice was finally served because he and his fellow Moonies felt stigmatised over the past two decades, even though they worked on promoting love, unity in family, community and society as well as world peace. The verdict confirmed that the group was not involved in criminal actions or inciting disunity as accused, he said, adding that the foundation would next week host a press conference to inform the public of the court verdict and facts.
The NPKC filed a case against the foundation in 1991, accusing Lek and seven others of inciting public chaos and disunity through writing and spoken word. However, the group were acquitted the Criminal Court in February 2003 and by the Appeals Court in June 2004.