Worajet Phakhirat, a law lecturer of Thammasat University, Monday argued with the Bangkok military court that it would be unconstitutional for the court to try him for violating the summon of the National Council for Peace and Order.
The argument prompted the court to delay Worajet’s hearing to January 26.
Worajet explained that the interim charter, enacted by the NCPO itself, indirectly required courts to be independent and court trials must be done in three courts. The requirements are made to Thailand’s ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. He said Article 4 of the interim charter states that existing ratifications of international covenants must remain effectively.
He said the military court is under control of the Defence Ministry and its trial under the martial law will be one-court ruling.