Embattled Appeal Court chief to resign, face probe

Appeal Court president Sirichai Wattanayothin holds a briefing at his office on July 12 after the Courts of Justice voted not to endorse him as president of the Supreme Court on July 3. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)

The Appeal Court president who failed to be endorsed as head of the Supreme Court will resign while a probe will be launched against him involving a controversial case transfer.

The Courts of Justice voted unanimously on July 3 not to endorse Sirichai Wattanayothin, the incumbent Appeal Court president, as chief of the Supreme Court, breaking the decades-long tradition of adhering to seniority when appointing top officials.

They also voted to set up a panel to probe into an allegedly controversial handling of a case by Mr Sirichai.

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