A case of abuse of power

national May 08, 2014 00:00

By Kornchanok Raksaseri
The Nati

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How Yingluck and her 2011 Cabinet were found guilty of abuse of power:

lThawil Pliensri’s tranfer was aimed at paving the way for Pol General Priewpan Damapong – who is Yingluck’s relative – to become national police chief;
lThe transfer order was rushed through, while certain Cabinet members began sending dubious “top secret” and “very urgent” letters from September 4, 2011, which was a Sunday; 
lThe copies of the same letters submitted to court by Thawil and Yingluck’s secretary-general as evidence featured different dates, signifying irregularities and an attempt to conceal something;
lThough Yingluck had not initiated the transfer, she was actively involved in the process by signing relevant documents and voting for it at Cabinet meetings;
lYingluck did not specify the reasons for Thawil’s transfer;
lYingluck’s claim that Thawil had been moved because he was more qualified to be PM’s adviser was wrong
lAn official’s transfer that is not ordered according to good governance principles is considered interference and an abuse of power;
lYingluck cannot continue as caretaker PM as an unqualified person cannot, by law, hold the post; 
lYingluck and Cabinet members who approved Thawil’s transfer must step down;
lThe rest of the Cabinet can continue serving in its caretaker status.

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