MPs choose to ignore demand for explanation

national July 12, 2012 00:00

By The Nation

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Members of the House yesterday decided to ignore a Constitution Court order seeking an explanation from them after PAD leader Chamlong Srimuang sought their impeachment for supporting the Charter Amendment Bill.

Pheu Thai party-list MP Police General Viroon Phuensaen said the meeting of 416 House members had decided to ignore the court’s order demanding an explanation and it will assign that duty to the secretariat of the House and the legal team.

He said passing the first and second reading of the Charter Amendment Bill was a legal duty of the House members, which cannot be questioned. “The Constitution Court’s order is unconstitutional as they interferred in the legislature’s duty, so the 416 House members see as appropriate not to send an explanation. However, those who did not attend the meeting yesterday may send a personal explanation,” he said.

Deputy Parliament president Charoen Chankomul had earlier said that the Constitution Court had sent an order to the House on July 2, seeking an explanation within 15 days. However, some House members are abroad. So, he would ask the court for 30 days extension.

Meanwhile, PAD leader Chamlong Srimueng yesterday went to the Constitution Court, seeking postponement of its ruling in the case involving the alleged attempt to overthrow the constitutional monarchy, which is scheduled for tomorrow.

Chamlong said that he would ask the court to delay the judgement as the PAD wants to add more issues to its complaint. First, PAD criticised the guilt of 416 members as personal guilt but it was not specified in the complaint. Also, the PAD wanted to add criminal guilt to the complaint as it only allowed the parliament president to decide whether to proceed with the Charter Amendment Bill.

Chamlong wanted the court to consider these additional issues before delivering its verdict.

However, if the judges decide to deliver the verdict tomorrow, he said the PAD will not oppose or pressure the court.

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