Constitutional Court is interfering: Thaksin

national April 11, 2013 00:00

By The Nation

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Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has threatened to use the people's force against the Constitutional Court if it interferes in the power of the executive and legislative branches.

Thaksin made a Skype video call to address redshirt demonstrators at Sanam Luang Wednesday night and strongly attacked the courts for being unfair to him and his political party. The redshirts were holding a rally to commemorate the third anniversary of the crackdown on redshirt protesters on April 10.

Thaksin said the Constitutional Court was staging a farce in regard to its objection to charter amendments.
“Initially, the government, MPs and senators wanted to amend the entire charter but the Constitutional Court would not allow it. It was fine and we accepted the court’s decision but now, when we want to amend the charter  few articles at a time, a few selfish individuals who are against democracy, file a complaint with the Constitutional Court, and the court accepts the complaint,” Thaksin said.
He said the Constitutional Court should not play games on matters that important for the country.
The Constitutional Court has agreed to consider whether the amendment to Article 68 would be unconstitutional or not.
Thaksin said there are three branches of power – the executive, the legislative and the judiciary and the three branches should be separate. There should also be checks and balances among the three branches.
However, he said the judiciary was violating the power of the executive and legislative branches, and thus damaging the country’s credibility and the people’s confidence in the system.

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