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Thanathorn faces more legal hurdles

By The Nation

 

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Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is likely to face another legal problem for allegedly endorsing a party candidate who contested the March 24 election despite being unqualified.

 

A source at the Election Commission (EC) said yesterday that Thanathorn was likely to be investigated after a Future Forward candidate in Sakon Nakhon province, Phubet Henlot, was found to be ineligible.

 

The Supreme Court’s Electoral Cases Division on March 19 revoked Phubet’s right to contest the election after learning that he held shares in a media company, which is against the law.

 

The Constitution, as well as the MP election law, prohibits media-business shareholders from contesting an election.

 

Thanathorn, as Future Forward Party leader, had signed documents endorsing Phubet as a party candidate.

 

The EC source said it is a political party’s duty to check and verify the backgrounds of their election candidates and ensure that they are qualified. 

 

“So the party leaders and other executives should be held responsible for fielding a candidate who is not qualified,” the source said.

 

According to the MP election law, anyone found guilty of intentionally applying to contest an election despite being disqualified risks up to 10 years, a fine of up to Bt200,000 and the revocation of electoral rights for 20 years.

 

Party leaders and executives involved can also face criminal punishment as instigators and accomplices, the EC source said yesterday. 

 

The source cited the Criminal Code, which has specific clauses stating that instigators and accomplices shall also be punished along with the violator.

 

Thanathorn has also been accused by the EC of violating rules related to holding shares in a media company. On Tuesday, the EC said it found that the tycoon-turned-politician was a major shareholder in V-Luck Media Co Ltd, a magazine publisher, when applying to contest the election. The EC will issue a verdict, though Thanathorn can appeal it in court. 

 

Meanwhile, key figures in the ruling junta yesterday denied playing any part in the legal problems faced by the Future Forward leader, whose party came third in the national vote in terms of MP seats won unofficially.

 

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said the ruling National Council for Peace and Order has no power over the matter, which is under the jurisdiction of the EC and relevant courts.

 

Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, who is in charge of security affairs, yesterday ruled out possible political violence that could result from the legal actions against the Future Forward. He did not think the issue could spark a street protest.

 

“No disturbance. Everything is in accordance with the law. This is a matter for the EC,” said Prawit, who is also the defence |minister.

 

Future Forward is a key ally in the anti-junta coalition led by the Pheu Thai Party, which is in a close battle for power with the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat Party to form the next government.

 

In a related development, the lawyer of Future Forward Party, Worawut Bootmart, said yesterday that Thanathorn has until May 1 to submit his defence statement in relation to the EC’s accusation regarding his media shareholding. 

 

The lawyer said Thanathorn would call a meeting of the party’s legal team as soon as he returns to Bangkok from Europe this evening.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30368318

 

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EC: Future Forward leader has seven days to submit evidence on media shareholding

 

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BANGKOK, 25 April 2019 (NNT) - The Office of the Ombudsman has accepted a petition calling for the nullification of the March 24 general election and will consider the issue this week, as the Election Commission (EC) has accused the Future Forward Party leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, of violating MP rules on media shareholding and he has seven days after being informed to submit evidence against the accusation.

 

Mr. Thanathorn posted a message on his Facebook page while he was in the Netherlands that he had been informed about the EC’s decision and will quickly return to Thailand for the unexpected situation.

 

The EC Secretary-General, Pol. Col. Charungwit Phumma, said the EC had received a complaint about the New Economics Party, headed by Mingkwan Saengsuwan. According to the complaint, the New Economics Party allowed outsiders to have influence over its political activities. Pol. Col. Charungwit said the EC will verify the allegation before carrying out an investigation.

 

The EC Secretary-General added that the commission is ready to prosecute MP candidates who contested in the general election even though they are aware that they are not qualified. If found guilty, they can face up to 10 years in prison and a 200,000-baht fine, and their electoral rights can be revoked for 20 years.

 

The Secretary-General of the Office of the Ombudsman, Raksakecha Chaechai, said his office had accepted the petition calling for the nullification of the March 24 poll. The petition was submitted by a former member of the now-dissolved Thai Raksa Chart Party, Ruangkrai Leekitwattana. Mr. Raksakecha said the EC has been given until April 25 to defend its handling of the general election. He said the petition has to be considered, as it is an issue of public interest.

 

After receiving an explanation from the EC, the Office of the Ombudsman will process all the information and will deliberate the issue within this week, before the commission will announce the official election results on May 9. The Secretary-General said the Ombudsman Office will have to thoroughly consider the issue and be able to answer all questions once it has made the decision.

 

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If he broke the law with his media shares he should be banned from politics, as so should the other party member accused of the same thing. But thats where it should end. 

In truth everyone of these scumbags, either in power or wanting to be in power has a dodgy past and possibly present  but the law should be the law with no exceptions. As well, the EC should be informed of all other cases irrespective of party allegience - but they won't be because everyone who stood would possibly be banned and thye will keep their mouths shut rather than risk being found out themselves. 

Full financial disclosure should be a prerequisite for even standing in an election.

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17 minutes ago, holy cow cm said:

Problem with this statement is it is either twisted to a full extent or deciphered in manner that bends to the needs as the old rules were washed with the constitution and new ones made up to favor a certain group a certain way. Even the redrawing of the election boundaries in some of  constituencies was a low blow.

So you feel its not worth following the law because you dont think its a fair law?

 

Isnt this how Thailand has got into such a mess on every level so far - because a person be they a citizen, politician, policeman, businessman or whatever thinks a law should not apply in their case of choice.

 

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13 minutes ago, MRToMRT said:

So you feel its not worth following the law because you dont think its a fair law?

 

Isnt this how Thailand has got into such a mess on every level so far - because a person be they a citizen, politician, policeman, businessman or whatever thinks a law should not apply in their case of choice.

 

I think the law is applies to the goose (to cook it) and very selective to the gander in most situations. The laws can be contorted as deciphered a couple of ways to the liking of a certain outcome. So in this case who drew up and revamped the laws?

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Sorry I am really confused by the first three sentences. 

 

On the 24th March an allegedly unqualified candidate contested the election in Sakorn Nakorn Province. But on the 19th March the candidate's authority was revoked. 

 

I am assuming that 'contested' meany he ran in that election on election day given the date of 24th March. If he ran in the election and his authority had been revoked then the EC has some very serious questions to answer as well, how the hell did a person who had been disqualified 6 days earlier still get to run in the election - That in itself is grounds to have the election nullified, as it shows mind blowing incompetence. 

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1 hour ago, holy cow cm said:

Problem with this statement is it is either twisted to a full extent or deciphered in manner that bends to the needs as the old rules were washed with the constitution and new ones made up to favor a certain group a certain way. Even the redrawing of the election boundaries in some of  constituencies was a low blow.

The EC have their instructions. The Junta have spoken!!

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1 hour ago, holy cow cm said:

Problem with this statement is it is either twisted to a full extent or deciphered in manner that bends to the needs as the old rules were washed with the constitution and new ones made up to favor a certain group a certain way. Even the redrawing of the election boundaries in some of  constituencies was a low blow.

Twisted to the fullest extent of the law!

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