The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has submitted a petition to the Law Society, accusing lawyers for the caretaker premier of violating professional ethics by threatening its officials.
It follows a statement by one of Yingluck’s lawyers on Friday that the embattled premier's legal team was collecting evidence against the NACC after the commission refused to accept more evidence and examine stock in the ricepledging scheme.
The anti-graft body, which is investigating Yingluck over her alleged negligence in relation to the scheme and for allegedly allowing corruption to occur, has the authority to call any witnesses and introduce any evidence into the case, NACC secretary Sansern Poljeak said.
NACC commissioner Wicha Mahakun said the petition to the Law Society, an umbrella association of Thai lawyers, was a preventive measure to control the behaviour of lawyers in the case.
“As we’ve already lodged the petition, it is the duty of the Law Society from now on, not the NACC, to take care of the ethics issue of the lawyers,” he said.