THE GOVERNMENT is closely monitoring the moves of former prime ministers Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra regarding their reported meetings with Pheu Thai Party politicians in several Asian countries, a security source said yesterday.
Legal officials working for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) have been instructed to determine whether those meetings constituted a violation of the Constitution, the source said.
The current charter, in effect since April last year, prohibits intervention by any outsider into a political party’s internal affairs. Violators – whether they are individuals or political parties –risk harsh punishment, including imprisonment, fines and party dissolution.
Certain key figures and politicians from Pheu Thai have reportedly met Thaksin and Yingluck in China, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore over the past week. The Shinawatra siblings have lived in exile overseas after escaping imprisonment at home. They have no positions in the previously ruling party but have retained considerable influence among its politicians.
“Legal action must be taken. This should not be allowed to go on and on, or things will go out of control,” the source said.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who also heads the NCPO, had instructed the relevant authorities that “everything must be in line with the law”, according to the source.