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Thai court due to give PM conflict of interest ruling

 

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FILE PHOTO: Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends an agreement signing ceremony for purchase of AstraZeneca's potential COVID-19 vaccine at Government House, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Bangkok, Thailand November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa/Pool

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's constitutional court is due to rule on Wednesday whether there was a conflict of interest in Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha staying in an army residence after retiring, in a case brought by opposition politicians.

 

A ruling against Prayuth could ultimately force him to relinquish power, although the court has consistently given rulings in his favour since he overthrew an elected government in 2014.

 

The court's decision comes with tension high after months of protests to demand his removal - a call he has rejected.

 

Prayuth said this week that he would respect the constitutional court's ruling.

 

"Guilty means guilty, not guilty means not guilty. It's like any other cases. I'll respect the verdict," he said.

 

Opposition parliamentarians filed a petition that it constituted a conflict of interest for Prayuth to have remained in military housing after his retirement from the army in 2014. Prayuth has said he needs to stay there for security reasons.

 

Protesters and other critics accuse Prayuth of engineering elections last year to keep hold of power. He says the vote was fair.

 

A protest movement that began in July to seek Prayuth's removal and to call for a new constitution.

 

Another protest is planned for Wednesday. Initially it had been due to take place at the Constitutional Court, but the venue was moved to a less sensitive location.

 

A court ruling is expected after 3 p.m. (0800 GMT).

 

(Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Martin Petty)

 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Thai court due to give PM conflict of interest ruling

 

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FILE PHOTO: Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends an agreement signing ceremony for purchase of AstraZeneca's potential COVID-19 vaccine at Government House, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Bangkok, Thailand November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa/Pool

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's constitutional court is due to rule on Wednesday whether there was a conflict of interest in Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha staying in an army residence after retiring, in a case brought by opposition politicians.

 

A ruling against Prayuth could ultimately force him to relinquish power, although the court has consistently given rulings in his favour since he overthrew an elected government in 2014.

 

The court's decision comes with tension high after months of protests to demand his removal - a call he has rejected.

 

Prayuth said this week that he would respect the constitutional court's ruling.

 

"Guilty means guilty, not guilty means not guilty. It's like any other cases. I'll respect the verdict," he said.

 

Opposition parliamentarians filed a petition that it constituted a conflict of interest for Prayuth to have remained in military housing after his retirement from the army in 2014. Prayuth has said he needs to stay there for security reasons.

 

Protesters and other critics accuse Prayuth of engineering elections last year to keep hold of power. He says the vote was fair.

 

A protest movement that began in July to seek Prayuth's removal and to call for a new constitution.

 

Another protest is planned for Wednesday. Initially it had been due to take place at the Constitutional Court, but the venue was moved to a less sensitive location.

 

A court ruling is expected after 3 p.m. (0800 GMT).

 

(Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Martin Petty)

 

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Hmm, I wonder how this will go? if it goes the way watch boy's hearing went it will be same same. People in great power will do anything to keep it. Buyer beware if he gets replace, who is his #2? (any similarities to any real life people, is coincidence only

 

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On 11/24/2020 at 2:45 AM, webfact said:

No narcotics in Thailand's ‘biggest ever drug haul’ – only cleaning agent

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Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin has admitted that the chemical seized in what was initially billed as the biggest drugs haul in Thailand’s history is not ketamine, but a harmless cleaning agent.

 

Somsak explained on Tuesday that when the first test was carried out on 11.5 tonnes of the white powder, it turned the reagent purple – a match for ketamine. But after testing again, the substance was found to be trisodium phosphate, a cleaning agent and food additive which also turns the testing reagent purple.

 

The mistake was caused by an error in the scientific process, he added.

 

The seizure made worldwide headlines on November 12 when officials including Somsak announced they had made the largest drugs bust in Thai history. The chemical was found inside 475 sacks piled in a warehouse in Chachoengsao and was said to be worth Bt28.7 billion.

 

The raid on the warehouse in the eastern province followed a tip-off from officials in Taiwan, who told the Narcotics Control Board they had seized 300 kilos of ketamine, but more was on its way to Thailand. The Thai shipment was seized and tested, with the results checked by scientists from the Justice Ministry and the Forensic Department before the “haul” was announced to the press.

 

However, subsequent tests on 59 of the sacks showed no ketamine was present. The Justice Ministry said the remaining 406 sacks will now be examined by the NBC, Forensic Science police, and Department of Medical Sciences, with test results due this week.

 

On Monday, lawyer and transparency activist Atchariya Ruengrattanapong accused Somsak of negligence over the 11.5-tonne seizure and asked the anti-corruption agency to look into the case.

 

Somsak insisted that he had not bullied anyone, adding that he had set up a working group to investigate what had gone wrong.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30398505

 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Thai court due to give PM conflict of interest ruling

 

2020-12-01T170557Z_1_LYNXMPEGB038X_RTROPTP_4_HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-THAILAND-VACCINE.JPG

FILE PHOTO: Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends an agreement signing ceremony for purchase of AstraZeneca's potential COVID-19 vaccine at Government House, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Bangkok, Thailand November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa/Pool

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's constitutional court is due to rule on Wednesday whether there was a conflict of interest in Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha staying in an army residence after retiring, in a case brought by opposition politicians.

 

A ruling against Prayuth could ultimately force him to relinquish power, although the court has consistently given rulings in his favour since he overthrew an elected government in 2014.

 

The court's decision comes with tension high after months of protests to demand his removal - a call he has rejected.

 

Prayuth said this week that he would respect the constitutional court's ruling.

 

"Guilty means guilty, not guilty means not guilty. It's like any other cases. I'll respect the verdict," he said.

 

Opposition parliamentarians filed a petition that it constituted a conflict of interest for Prayuth to have remained in military housing after his retirement from the army in 2014. Prayuth has said he needs to stay there for security reasons.

 

Protesters and other critics accuse Prayuth of engineering elections last year to keep hold of power. He says the vote was fair.

 

A protest movement that began in July to seek Prayuth's removal and to call for a new constitution.

 

Another protest is planned for Wednesday. Initially it had been due to take place at the Constitutional Court, but the venue was moved to a less sensitive location.

 

A court ruling is expected after 3 p.m. (0800 GMT).

 

(Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Martin Petty)

 

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Somebody is getting a new watch 555

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He has the constitutional court in his back pocket... they will vote not guilty as he was offered the option to stay there by the military general. That he did not ask to remain [although he quotes: security for the reason to remain]

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1 hour ago, yellowboat said:

That is why the kids are protesting in case there anyone on this forum didn't know that.   Thailand is taking a pounding in the foreign press. 

Check out the stories in Asia Nikkei from the past week if you are not entirely sure why the protesters are making certain demands.

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

"Guilty means guilty, not guilty means not guilty. It's like any other cases. I'll respect the verdict," he said.

 

This being the case, I suspect he already knows the outcome as he paid for it.

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