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Ex-senator Ruangkrai writes to US ambassador over court ruling

Feb 24. 2020
Ruangkrai Leekitwattana
Ruangkrai Leekitwattana
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By The Nation

Former senator Ruangkrai Leekitwattana sent a letter to US Ambassador to Thailand Michael G DeSombre dated February 24 explaining the Act on Establishment of the Constitution Court was not officially issued.

Without the official act, the question of whether the court was or was not granted the right to disband the Future Forward Party was raised, which might have led to an invalid court ruling.

“This is a critical matter. Since there was no official establishment of the Constitution Court, who would be responsible for the use of power that resulted in the dissolution of several parties in the past or who would answer this question?” Ruangkrai said.

He also cited the Constitution BE 2540, 2550 and 2560, saying that “all courts may be established only by Acts”.

In the letter, Ruangkrai attached an official document signed by Constitutional Court President Nurak Marpraneet proposing the Act on Establishment of the Constitution Court in 2014 after Prayut Chan-o-cha, then leader of the National Council for Peace and Order, seized power so that the National Legislative Assembly could enact it, and another document from Nurak withdrawing a draft on the Act of Establishment in 2016.

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