People’s Alliance for Democracy regional key members take legal action against Red-Shirt key leaders for their attempt to promote the controversial royal pardon campaign to help former PM Thaksin Shinawatra evade serving the court’s jail sentence.
In Khon Kaen province, the People’s Alliance for Democracy, or PAD’s, provincial network led by Naphat Nitinuntaporn filed a criminal charge with officials at the Muang เมือง police station against supporters of the fugitive ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Thaksin supporters are being sued for helping promote the royal pardon campaign to help Thaksin evade the court mandated jail sentence and attempting an illegal process according to the criminal law articles189 and 198.
Naphat said that the move is aimed at explaining to the public that the ongoing royal pardon campaign by the red shirts is not in accordance with legal and traditional processes.
She added that the government has failed to communicate with people about how wrong the red-shirt’s move is. She and other PAD members, therefore, have to make it clear, by themselves, in order to show their dissatisfaction with the moves by Thaksin supporters and to protect the Royal Institution from possible misunderstandings.
Meanwhile, in Chiang Rai province, Saman Tortip, PAD provincial coordinator met with the local police to file charges against the Red Shirt key leaders including Weera Musikapong, Nuttawut Saikua and Jattuporn Prompan for their attempt to persuade people to sign the royal pardon petition for Thaksin.
The PAD provincial coordinator claimed that their filing charges against them is to show opposition to the way the red shirt group is operating and claims that their actions could possibly create a misunderstanding by the Royal Institution and also violate the court ruling.
ROYAL PARDON FOR THAKSIN: Democrat MP seeks charges against 3 red-shirt leaders
Democrat MP Watchara Phetthong on Thursday filed a police complaint, naming three red-shirt leaders for contempt of court related to their campaign to seek a royal pardon for ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
Based on the complaint lodged at Dusit police station, Watchara singled out Veera Musigapong, Jatuporn Prompan and Natthawut Saikua as suspects.
He cited Articles 189 and 198 of the Criminal Code as the basis to launch the police investigation.
By organising the signature campaign to seek a royal pardon, the three suspects have acted in contempt for the judicial conviction against Thaksin, he said.
The three have also been flaunting the five million signatures in order to force a royal pardon regardless of the offence against the monarchy nor the violations on the pardon procedures, he added.
“If Thaksin sees himself as a truly innocent man, then why did he flee the courts?” he asked.
Charges Pressed against Red-Shirt Leaders for Royal Pardon Campaign
Supporters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy in the provinces and a Democrat MP for Bangkok separately press charges against red-shirt core leaders over their campaign to seek a royal pardon for ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Democrat MP for Bangkok Watchara Petchthong presented copies of the red-shirt’s petition seeking a royal clemency for ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to investigators at Dusit police station to back his complaint filed against the group’s three core leaders -Weera Musikapong, Jatuporn Prompan and Nutthawut Saikua.
Watchara said those pro-Thaksin activists violated Article 198 of the Criminal Code on contempt of court.
He also pointed out that the red-shirt group’s signature campaign to seek a royal pardon for Thaksin and its claim over the success in soliciting more than five million signatures have caused damage and pressure to the Monarchy.
The MP said those who signed the petition might not understand the details in it. He added if Thaksin was innocent, he should not have fled the arrest warrants against him.
In a related move, 50 members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, or PAD in Phuket filed charges with the Muang District Police against the three leaders of the red-shirt group for violating articles 189 and 198 of the Criminal Code for leading this royal clemency campaign for Thaksin with full knowledge that the move is illegal.
They also filed the same charge with the Talang ถลาง Police.
The group said it will submit 10,000 signatures to Chulalongkorn University academics in opposition against the red-shirts’ move.
The charge has also been filed in Sriracha district in Chon Buri Province.
At the same time, Members of the PAD in Phitsanulok filed a complaint with the Muang District Police Station, asking for legal action against the red-shirt core leaders.
Article 189 of the Criminal Code bans individuals from helping convicted people. The offence carries a maximum jail term of two years or a fine of up to 4,000 baht, or both. Article 198 deals with contempt of court and carries a one to seven year jail term or a fine of 2,000 to 14,000 baht, or both.
Other PAD networks in the provinces, such as Chiang Rai, Khon Kaen and Chantaburi, have also pressed the same charges against the red-shirt core leaders to air their disapproval of the pardon move, which they said could disturb His Majesty the King.
TAN, 13 Aug 2009