Anti-democracy charges against protesters rejected

Friday, 14 February 2014 By  MCOT

BANGKOK, Feb 12 – The Constitution Court today dismissed a petition by Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit against protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban for attempting to abolish Thailand’s constitutional monarchy.

Mr Prompong charged 10 members of the People’s Democracy Reform Committee (PDRC) including Mr Suthep with organising anti-government demonstrations with the objective of unconstitutionally acquiring administrative power.

The court said people exercised their rights and freedom in staging rallies which originated from a protest against the Amnesty Bill and their lack of trust in the government’s administrative performance.

Whether the defendants’ activities were against the Criminal Code or other laws would be up to the decision of those in charge of the criminal procedures, said the court.

Charges that the defendants were attempting to abolish the administrative system as stipulated in Section 68 of the Constitution were without grounds, the court concluded.

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