By The Nation
The complaint, filed by the anti-corruption activist Srisuwan Janya, has requested the Ombudsman to forward the case to the courts, under the new charter’s Article 231.
The activist questioned whether the Navy’s submarine deal, inked with China last Friday, breached either the constitution’s Article 178 that prohibited any pacts with a foreign nation without parliamentary approval, or the budget act because of the long-term financial commitment.
The Ombudsman’s Office could meet next Tuesday to consider the complaint.
The first instalment of Bt700 million for the purchase of the Yuan Class S26T is to be paid on May 24. The Ombudsman could block the due payment if any legal hurdles are found.