Senator files charge against Constitution Court judges over “careless” ruling

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BANGKOK, 25 March 2013 A former appointed senator has filed charge against 9 Constitution Court judges over their ruling to disqualify former Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, following the court president’s admission that the ruling was “careless” and “flawed”. 

Former appointed senator Ruangkrai Leekijwattana has submitted his complaint to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), together with what he believed to be evidence of Constitution Court judges’ violation of Article 157 of the Criminal Code.

Article 157 of the Criminal Code states that any state official who “wrongfully exercises, or fails to exercise his functions, to the injury of any person, shall be punished with imprisonment of one to ten years, or fined of 2,000-20,000 baht, or both”.

The senator’s move came after Constition Court President Wasan Soipisut had admitted in a seminar that the Constitution Court’s ruling to disqualify Mr Samak from premiership was “careless” and “flawed”.