Abhisit case dead in the water, CDC says

Former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, centre, and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban, right, leave the Criminal Court after being acquitted by the Supreme Court on Thursday. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

Section 236 of the charter, which the red shirts plan to use to revive the cases against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban for a deadly crackdown on red-shirt protesters in 2010, cannot be used for this purpose, the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) said on Friday.

It only provides a legal channel to punish the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for dereliction of duty or gross negligence of duty, the CDC said.

A petition with at least 20,000 signatures would be needed to kick start a process allowing the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions to set up a panel to investigate the NACC for dereliction of duty.

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