Srettha submits written defence in Pichit appointment case

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2024

Prime minister admits he is worried about the outcome of case filed by 40 senators accusing him of breaching ethics code

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has submitted his written defence to the Constitutional Court related to a case in which he was accused of breaching political ethics and the charter.  

Srettha said on Monday that the defence submitted to the court on Friday explains why he appointed Pichit Chuenban as PM’s Office minister despite his so-called questionable background.

A group of 40 senators had submitted a petition with the court in May asking that Srettha be removed from office for allegedly breaching political ethics and the charter by giving a ministerial post to Pichit, who was had once been convicted.

In 2008, Pichai and two of his colleagues were sentenced to six months in prison over an attempt to bribe Supreme Court judges with 2 million baht hidden in a bag of snacks. He was representing former PM Thaksin Shinawatra in the Ratchadapisek land deal.  

“Don’t ask me if I’m concerned or not, because I’m always concerned,” Srettha said in response to reporters. He added that he would not disclose his defence strategy because he had to respect the Constitutional Court’s judges.

When asked to comment on whether the several important cases in court could possibly spark political turmoil, Srettha said there was just one case concerning the government, while others were unrelated.

He was referring to the party dissolution case against Move Forward and the lese majeste case against Thaksin.

When asked if June would be fraught with dangers, Srettha said: “Nothing is certain as these issues are political in nature.”