Political law blasted for bias, ambiguity

Critics question if it can apply to past cases

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the organic bill on criminal procedures for holders of political positions on Thursday but it must clarify exactly when the law can be applied retroactively, NLA member Wallop Tangkananurak said yesterday.

The bill has drawn criticism as cases prior to its implementation that led to indictments in the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions will fall within its jurisdiction.

If the statute of limitations in a case has not expired while a fugitive suspect is on the run, the aforementioned division can order a trial to proceed in absentia.

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