group of 40 senators have submitted a request to the Royal Household Bureau for information on royal pardoning, hoping to provide clarity to the public on efforts by supporters of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra to seek a royal clemency for him.
Senators Kamnoon Sitthisamarn, Warin Tiemjaras and Sumol Sutawiriyawat, representing the group of 40 senators, held a press conference after submitting a request to the the Royal Household Bureau asking it to explain the process of seeking a royal pardon.
They hope this will help enlighten the public so supporters of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra can make a correct decision on whether to sign a petition to seek a royal pardon for him or not.
The campaign is being organized by the red-shirt Truth Today group under Weera Musikapong.
Many law experts have pointed out the move is illegal since those eligible to seek a royal pardon must be serving their jail terms or are the prisoners’ close relatives. Political analysts have slammed the move, saying it is not right to pressure the Monarchy to get involved in politics.
At the press conference, Senate Sumol called on the government to issue a law to penalize those who offend the Monarchy and strictly enforce it.