Court rejects petition against PDRC

The Constitution Court on Wednesday rejected a petition filed by Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit against People's Democratic Reform Constitution (PDRC) leaders including Suthep Thaugsuban.

In the petition, the court was asked to rule on whether the PDRC leaders had acted in a way that would topple a democratic administration under the monarchy, or to take the country's administration through unconstitutional means in violation of paragraph 1 of Section 68 of the constitution.

The court was also asked to order the PDRC leaders not to do anything to obstruct new rounds of voting being held by the Election Commission and to leave government offices and public places they have occupied.

The court threw out the petition on the grounds the PDRC's protests are a show of opposition to the amnesty bills and the government's handling of the country's administration, not to overthrow a democratic administration or to take power through unconstitutional means.

As for the alleged law violations by the PDRC, the court stated that they should be subject to normal legal action under the Criminal Code. 

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Discussion 1 : 12/02/2014 at 09:07 PM
If the government do not now arrest every single one of the thug leaders now, Thailand is, indeed doomed for a very very long time. I have supported this government for a long time, but now, I am beginning to wonder - what do they want? Why do they let the thugs rule the streets at the expense of the real people?
Discussion 2 : 12/02/2014 at 07:50 PM
The court recommended normal criminal laws can be applied to the pdrc. Time for the police to get busy and bring them in before they try to obstruct the next round of polls.
Discussion 3 : 12/02/2014 at 07:47 PM
Sure this is a democracy. Like Laos with it's democratic "1 political party only"-policy and Cambodia with Uberdemocrat "Atilla the Hun Sen" are democracies. The mere concept of "red shirt villages" (51% says yes, the whole village is red, the ones who don't like it can shut up and be happy or are bullied for the rest of their lives) proves that the PT has nothing to do with democracy. Suthep's dictatorial tendencies are peanuts compared to Thaksins delusional vision of his 1000 year Shin-dynasty. Wrong country dude.
Discussion 4 : 12/02/2014 at 06:52 PM
The amnesty bill was all but democratic, like the pro bill government. So it's only a democratic right to oust this undemocratic government.
Discussion 5 : 12/02/2014 at 05:30 PM
How about a petition that the Yingluck government wants to topple the democratic system of Thailand because all the PT MPs follow the order of a criminal fugitive? Almost all PT MPs voted to whitewash Thaksin. Every single one of them should have known that almost all Thais did not support this whitewash. But the MPs stayed up until 4am to vote according to the instructions of their master. Is that democracy? I don’t think so.
Discussion 6 : 12/02/2014 at 05:15 PM
So the court is saying that the MOB is not trying to oust the elected government. Really what has the warrant evading leader calling for the government to resign and tells us he will not stop until he maintains the fall of the government.
Discussion 7 : 12/02/2014 at 05:14 PM
For sure, this guy, Prompong Nopparit, knew very well the conclusions of the CC, always in the same sens since 2007. He just would show to the international community what is the justice in Thailand and against who she acted. Well done.
Discussion 8 : 12/02/2014 at 05:12 PM
PDRC is way beyond protesting against the amnesty bills. I suppose the judges in the court don't read the paper and are unaware of Suthep's peoples council intended to replace democracy?

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