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Thanathorn submits details on media shares case to court

Jul 08. 2019
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By The Nation

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Representatives of embattled Future Forward Party leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, carried three boxes full of documents to the Constitutional Court on Monday to explain his media shareholding case. 

The anti-junta politician only had 45 days to prepare his explanation, with Monday being the deadline, as the court had rejected his request for an extension last month.

A court official pored over the documents for more than an hour on Monday, before they are forwarded to the judges, who will see if further clarifications, documents or witnesses are required. If no further clarifications are required, then the judges will vote on whether Thanathorn had breached the Constitution. 

The politician is accused of violating the Constitution by holding shares in the media firm, V-luck, while running for an MP post. 

However, Thanathorn has said all along that he transferred the shares to his mother weeks before the MP election was open for applications. Yet, official documents show that Thanathorn’s mother only became a legitimate shareholder of V-Luck Company after her son had already become an MP candidate. 

The politician can be disqualified as MP if the court finds him guilty. He is currently suspended from the House of Representatives by court order.

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