Thailand’s yellow-shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) plan to file a criminal complaint against red-shirted anti-government activists seeking a royal pardon for self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, saying the move is intended to avoid confrontation between supporters and opponents of the campaign.
The PAD charged that the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) was trying to help the convicted prime minister escape the punishment assigned by the country’s legal system.
PAD spokesman Panthep Pourpongpan said PAD lawyer Suwat Apaipak will distribute a complaint letter to the public when filing the group’s complaint against the UDD leaders.
The letter will be also available online for downloading.
The PAD will file a criminal complaint against Veera Musikapong, Jatuporn Prompan and Nattawut Saikua, who initiated the signature collection campaign to seek a royal pardon for Mr Thaksin, Mr Panthep said, accusing the UDD leaders of helping a convicted felon to avoid punishment and contempt of court.
He also warned that petitioners will face up to seven years imprisonment if they do not withdraw their names from the petition.
The PAD spokesman noted that Mr Thaksin’s family members and close relatives, as well as the UDD core leaders, failed to join the signature-collection campaign as they may have known that the move might violate the law, so they instead persuaded innocent people to add their endorsements.
Mr Panthep claimed that some PAD supporters in the provinces showed interest in joining the move to file complaints to the police.
Mr Thaksin, ousted in a coup in 2006, was sentenced in absentia last October by a Bangkok court to two years imprisonment for abuse of power by helping his then wife acquiring a parcel of prime Bangkok commercial property at a far below market price. (TNA)
PAD Network Moves against Pardon Drive for Thaksin
Supporters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy in Ubon Ratchathani vow to oppose the red-shirt group’s campaign for a royal pardon for ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. In the meantime, PAD members and the New Politics Party have held a seminar on new politics in many areas.
Members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, or PAD, in Ubon Ratchathani Province held a meeting at Bunniyom Park to discuss the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship’s attempt to petition for a royal pardon for fugitive ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. They vowed to sign their names to express their opposition to the petition.
PAD supporters in the province declared their plan to set up a coordination centre on Upaleesarn Road in Muang District to sell goods marketed by ASTV to raise funds for the TV station. The building is offered for free use by one of its supporters.
In Pattani, PAD network in the three southern border provinces launched a political activity at CS Pattani Hotel. Core PAD leaders Pipob Thongchai and Samrarn Rodpetch and a local PAD leader for six lower southern provinces, Sumit Nuanmanee, joined the gathering.
Meanwhile, New Politics leader Somsak Kosaisuk, accompanied by party secretary general Suriyasai Katasila, presided over the opening ceremonies for the party’s coordination centre in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Muang district and for community radio station FM 106.5 MHz. Seminar on new politics and related activities were also held during the event.