May 27, 2014 00:00
By Khanittha Thepphajorn
The impeachment process against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is likely to be continued even though the ruling junta has dissolved the Senate, legal expert Komsarn Pokong said yesterday.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has indicted Yingluck over the rice-pledging scheme, and also indicted former Parliament president Somsak Kiatsuranont and his deputy Nikom Wairatpanij in a charter amendment case.
In the next step, the Senate would have had to vote on whether to impeach them.
Although the Senate had been dissolved by the junta, Komsarn said he strongly believed the responsibility would be transferred to the National Legislative Assembly, which is to be set up in the future.
A similar case happened when former National Human Rights Commissioner Jaran Ditapichai was removed from duty after joining the red-shirt movement.
“The impeachment process is likely to continue as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has allowed the NACC to continue functioning, so the consequences of its work is likely to be maintained and proceeded with,” Komsarn said.
“However, I am concerned that the NCPO has not given an outline for the independent agencies’ mandate and work. Therefore, the agencies can barely do anything.” Komsarn, who was opposed to the deposed Pheu Thai government, said.
Separately, Senate secretary-general Norarut Pimsen said the relevant people would have a meeting to discuss issues related to the impeachment process.