Lawyer Theerayut Suwankesorn filed a petition with Thailand’s Nationwide Anti-Corruption Fee (NACC) Friday towards a number of members of parliament (MPs) of the progressive Transfer Ahead Occasion (MFP) as reported by the Thai state information company, Nationwide Information Bureau of Thailand (NNT).
44 MPs of the MFP have been introduced underneath scrutiny by the petition filed earlier than the NACC for alleged violation of moral conduct. A day earlier than the NACC petition was filed, activist Ruangkrai Leekitwattana filed a petition with the Thai Election Fee (EC) requesting the fee completely dissolve the MFP.
Each petitions look like in response to the Thai Constitutional Court ruling final Wednesday towards the MFP, giving unequivocal safety to the nation’s lese-majeste regulation. The court docket additionally added that the “Transfer Ahead Occasion should stop all makes an attempt to amend the lese-majeste regulation.” The court docket claimed that any such transfer by the MFP would point out an try and overthrow the nation’s constitutional monarchy.
MFP had moved a invoice within the nation’s parliament to amend section 112 of the penal code, the lese-majeste regulation. The invoice argued for a discount of sentence in circumstances of conviction underneath part 112 and that the grievance might solely be filed by a royal family. As per present regulation, anyone can file a grievance underneath the part for investigation of conduct and the conviction sentence ranges from three to fifteen years in jail.
MFP claims the lese-majeste regulation is ceaselessly manipulated for political causes. Final 12 months, a human rights lawyer was arrested on fees underneath part 112 and was put in jail for six years on grounds of “insulting the monarchy.” In line with Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, a minimum of 262 Thai residents have been prosecuted in 287 separate circumstances underneath the lese-majeste regulation in December 2023.