Thailand: Thanathorn prosecution D-Day soon

  • Prosecutors will decide on Feb 21 whether or not to indict Progressive Movement co-founder Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit for breaking the law relating to the election of MPs.
  • A source at the OAG said police at Bangkok’s Thung Song Hong station submitted their report to prosecutors on 12 Jan 21 and recommended that Mr Thanathorn be charged with wrongfully registering as a candidate knowing he was not qualified under Section 151 of the 2018 MP Election Act.
  • The matter was raised by the Election Commission in 2020 after the Constitutional Court ruled on 20 Nov 19 to disqualify Mr Thanathorn, leader of the now-defunct Future Forward Party, from parliament.
  • That ruling found that at the time he registered his candidacy Mr Thanathorn still held shares in V-Luck Media and was therefore in violation of the constitution, which prohibits owners and shareholders of media or publishing firms from applying to become MPs.
  • Mr Thanathorn reported to police over the charge in Nov 20 and denied the charge, insisting that he had proof he had sold his media shares.

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