The UN Secretary General candidacy of Thai Deputy Prime Minister Surakaiart Sathirathai has been stalled due to political problems in his home country. Another one of the problems is that former Thai representative to the UN, Asda Jayanama, has declared his candidacy unsuitable.
So what do they do? They file a defamation lawsuit:
Mr Wichit said the team is reviewing the speech of Asda Jayanama, former permanent Thai representative to the United Nations, against caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathirathai during an anti-Thaksin protest. He said Mr Asda's remarks were defamatory.
During the rally on Ratchadamnoen avenue, Mr Asda questioned Mr Surakiart's ability to compete for the UN secretary-general post.
As the rest of this article indicates, his party is pursuing similar suits against critics of other government officials.