NACC asked to delay charging 381

The Pheu Thai Party has petitioned the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to postpone its decision on whether to press charges against 381 former MPs and senators who voted to pass the charter amendment draft to establish a fully elected Senate, which was later ruled unconstitutional.

The petition was filed on Monday by caretaker Science and Technology Minister Pirapan Palusak, a member of the Pheu Thai legal team.

The NACC is scheduled to announce its decision on Tuesday.  The amendment was deemed unlawful by the Constitution Court on Nov 20.

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is among those who voted in favour of the amendment.

Mr Pirapan said the NACC acted hastily in concluding its investigation of a case that involves a large number of accused.

Only six witnesses had been questioned and this was not fair to them all, he said.

Mr Pirapan said the NACC had been asked to consider more evidence before pressing charges through the court.

Amnuay Khlangpha, the former chief of government whips, said the 381 accused of violating the constitution had prepared their case, with documents and other evidence to back them up. 

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 07/01/2014 at 05:53 AM
So what I'm hearing either you need to be paid or have something to personally gain to be called corruption? I guess I'm a little slow here but if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it is a duck.
Discussion 2 : 07/01/2014 at 03:50 AM
No one in there right mind should be for this ridiculous charge? They are getting charged for doing their jobs??? How ridiculous is this system, what's next? Officials will be charged for walking on the wrong side of the hall way? Anyone with common sense should be against this nonsense
Discussion 3 : 07/01/2014 at 01:54 AM
So they are stating not enough people were interviewed. I believe the NACC gave them all an opportunity to respond in person and or by letter. But in arrogance they chose to slow play the deal, now they don't like the time frame. Considering how things have changed since they charges were filed An election is now looming where is wasn't before. So really it has nothing to do with fairness to the PTP
Discussion 4 : 06/01/2014 at 11:33 PM
I would think it was opposite. Why are they all the uniforms gone, and whistles around the government agencies employees neck?
Discussion 5 : 06/01/2014 at 10:49 PM
Feb2 will never come for the PT, it is so close, yet so far
Discussion 6 : 06/01/2014 at 10:26 PM
It would fall under corruption if the MPs recieved any sort of compensation or reward for their votes. Perhaps even the fact that Thaksin is a convicted criminal and issuing orders might be enough to fall under corruption rules.
Discussion 7 : 06/01/2014 at 10:16 PM
The MPs whose mandate by the constitution is to make and change laws are being considered for charges by the NACC for doing their job. Sounds a bit fishy.
Discussion 8 : 06/01/2014 at 10:12 PM
That clearly depends on your definition of 'corruption'.
Discussion 9 : 06/01/2014 at 09:15 PM
All 381 are charged with the same crime, all done at the same time, sorry PTP, but it does not take 381 seperate investigations to reach a conclusion.
Discussion 10 : 06/01/2014 at 08:34 PM
Everybody is right here because the shinawatra owns all the government agencies.
Discussion 11 : 06/01/2014 at 08:29 PM
The NACC is the anti-corruption agency. The 'whistle group' does not accuse it of failing to tackle corruption. This above case is not corruption related.
Discussion 12 : 06/01/2014 at 07:57 PM
You really need to do a bit of study in Parliamentary procedure.
Discussion 13 : 06/01/2014 at 07:46 PM
Discussion 14 : 06/01/2014 at 07:25 PM
Once again,we can see interference from politicians into justice duty.Justice must be independent not a tool of Pheu Thai party or any others.
Discussion 15 : 06/01/2014 at 07:20 PM
How long would they like the NACC to delay it for ? And why ?
Discussion 16 : 06/01/2014 at 06:59 PM
Now we'll see how close the NACC and Thaksin are.
Discussion 17 : 06/01/2014 at 06:45 PM
The taxpaying majority? Income taxes here are low and only paid by the middle class- the rich have organized legal ways around them. The real sources of government income are value tax (which everyone pays) and corporation tax.
Discussion 18 : 06/01/2014 at 06:40 PM
And if they can delay it until after the election, then they will have immunity again.
Discussion 19 : 06/01/2014 at 06:28 PM
My guess is the NACC will postpone its decision because now it needs time to consider this new petition.
Discussion 20 : 06/01/2014 at 06:27 PM
Why should they?
Discussion 21 : 06/01/2014 at 06:16 PM
So Thailand wants reform. Well need to have a workable way to pass reform without the risk of members been disqualified for exercising the vote. Very strange system.
Discussion 22 : 06/01/2014 at 06:08 PM
Why should the NACC need extra time to accumulate more incriminating evidence against the 381 robbers-at-night, every day is precious to press charges in front of Court, in order not to miss the, litteraly, 'deadline' of February 2nd, maybe, probably, hopefully, killing PT's fake self-serving election at the same time, and saving the nation an extra loss of about 4Billion, petty cash for PT, but enough to build and equip 8,000 (eight thousand!) new decent classrooms at 500,000Baht a piece, for the next generation's precious education... Seen like that, it's quite evident, isn't it?
Discussion 23 : 06/01/2014 at 05:58 PM
I suppose PTP want to lock this case up for years. Hopefully reform will rid the political system of these sort of people.
Discussion 24 : 06/01/2014 at 05:56 PM
Give me a break!!! Passing corrupt bills at 4:30 a.m. -- throw them in prison, no excuses can justify their nepotism and cronyism. The country has woken up and they now must pay the price. No doubt they have already stolen more than generations ahead can easily squander, so no need to pity them.
Discussion 25 : 06/01/2014 at 05:36 PM
All MP including the PM should be charged for the crime. I would go far as to charge them all for mutiny. Trying to over throw the constitution by illegal means. They voted for it, so that is guilty as charged. They can still appeal and have their day in court. As far as the crime, it already has been committed. Like a robber who sticks someone up. Where do they end up? In Jail. Their crimes, against the state.
Discussion 26 : 06/01/2014 at 05:34 PM
Why wasn't this petition filed back in November??? Does PTP not take the NCCC decision seriously???
Discussion 27 : 06/01/2014 at 05:28 PM
Just more attempts by PT to deceive and hide their corrupt representatives prior to the election.
Discussion 28 : 06/01/2014 at 05:28 PM
Another insult to the Thai people, the owners of the land by Yingluck's criminals.
Discussion 29 : 06/01/2014 at 05:27 PM
How even die-hard critics of PTP possibly justify any eventual charges against MPs for this. To have tried to amend the constitution to a fully elected senate - as it was before the 2006 coup - is absolutely LEGAL. There is Nothing illegal about it! Nothing... - What was illegal was the 2006 coup and the generals thereafter tearing up an entire constitution which was deemed by the international community to have been Thailand's first-ever People's Consitution.
Discussion 30 : 06/01/2014 at 05:27 PM
this whole thing is ridiculous - if not a majority in parliament who can change the constitution? The military after every coup?
Discussion 31 : 06/01/2014 at 05:27 PM
How even die-hard critics of PTP possibly justify any eventual charges against MPs for this. To have tried to amend the constitution to a fully elected senate - as it was before the 2006 coup - is absolutely LEGAL. There is Nothing illegal about it! Nothing... - What was illegal was the 2006 coup and the generals thereafter tearing up an entire constitution which was deemed by the international community to have been Thailand's first-ever People's Consitution.
Discussion 32 : 06/01/2014 at 05:23 PM
It is funny that the DEM did not ask the court to stop the debate and deliberation of the charter change. It was only after it was passed with overwhelming vote that they petition the CC which has no evidence to rule that it violated section 68. The parliamentary disciplinary matter involving MP who voted for other has also entangled its investigation.
Discussion 33 : 06/01/2014 at 05:19 PM
Absolutely amazing! Suddenly with an election looming this band of thieves cries foul and wants to be treated fairly (which is something they themselves have never done while running the country). You reap what you sow. The DSI is yours, the rest are still illegitimate. Sour grapes to you PT.
Discussion 34 : 06/01/2014 at 05:18 PM
Oh course the PTP doesn't want all its party candidates charged with supporting unconstitutional legislation before the possible election, or while they aren't under the immunity from prosecution protection while the Parliament is in session. If they are all charged it would prove they follow one leader instead of thinking on their own. Most of those politicians should have known the bill was unconstitutional before they voted, especially the PM.
Discussion 35 : 06/01/2014 at 05:10 PM
How obvious can they be? Why wait when the entire composition of the upcoming elections hinges on this decision? If these MPs are charged they should not be allowed to run in the upcoming election, or the elections should be delayed until such time as the cases are resolved. The failure to register delegates in 28 districts already means that a majority cannot be elected under Thai law so the new government will be powerless to work anyway. Just when I thought Khun Suthep was pushing the limits with his "Shut down" program the PTP again shows how out of touch it really is with the people.
Discussion 36 : 06/01/2014 at 05:10 PM
very good UDD PTP Thaksin style of law please wait we not got all our lie in yet
Discussion 37 : 06/01/2014 at 05:06 PM
Surely the issue here is the process. In other democracies Parliament passes the law and then the Court determines whether it breaches the Constitution. If it does the Law is then invalid. Why on earth charge those who passed the law? Sure there were apparently some irregularities in the voting that need to be addressed. This should be done by the Parliament. That it has not been addressed is an abuse of process and brings the whole parliament into disrepute but that is a separate issue.
Discussion 38 : 06/01/2014 at 05:02 PM
This article clearly illustrate the need for political and judicial reforms. For too long, wicked politicians have been allowed to use this kind of delaying tactics until the statute of limitations expires and they eventually never spend a day in jail. I sincerely hope that this time, the NACC will not let anyone pressure them and do their work in a systematic and unbiased manner.
Discussion 39 : 06/01/2014 at 04:42 PM
Delaying the inevitable will not save you, we the tax-paying majority won't allow you. A quick and surgical precision decision is needed.
Discussion 40 : 06/01/2014 at 04:39 PM
No conflict of interest here, is there? This attempt to thwart justice should be added to the charge sheet.

Back to top

More From