Democrat urges Yingluck to testify to Constitutional Court
April 24, 2014 00:00
By The Nation
The Democrat Party Thursday called on caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to testify to the Constitutional Court herself in the case related to the unlawful transfer of National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri.
The court has approved Yingluck’s request for an extension of the deadline and she is now to defend herself to the court to May 2.
Democrat spokesman Chavanon Intharakomalsu said that since the court had approved the deadline extension, Yingluck should not assign anyone to speak on her behalf.
The Supreme Administrative Court has ruled that the transfer was unlawful and unconstitutional because Thawil was removed to allow Pol General Priewpan Damapong, the brother of Potjaman, her elder brother’s former wife, to become the national police chief. Thawil’s NSC post was given to the then national police chief so he would vacate the top cop post for Priewpan.
A group of senators asked the Constitutional Court to rule whether Yingluck had violated the charter by making transfers of permanent officials for her personal interest, a crime punishable by being removed from the political office.