Pheu Thai files complaint against Suthep for having violated royal prerogative

national May 12, 2014 00:00

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Pheu Thai Party on Monday filed a complaint with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) against rally leader Suthep Thaugsuban, who it claims, has violated royal prerogative and committed treason.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith, in his capacity as secretary of the Centre of Administration for Peace and Order (CAPO) received the complaint from party spokesman Prompong Nopparit who asked Tarith to consider it as a special case.

Tarit told reporters that he had accepted the case for consideration because Suthep, as secretary general of People’s Democratic Reform Committee, upgraded the protests on May 9 and led protesters to seize major free-to-air television stations. He was also planning to set up his office in the Government House.

Suthep also demanded that the Senate Speaker and the presidents of the Supreme, Administrative and Constitutional Courts nominate a neutral premier for royal approval in line with the Constitution’s article 7.

All activities of Suthep are allegedly in violation of the royal prerogative and should thus be considered as treason, Tarit said, adding the DSI will set up three working groups to investigate Prompong’s complaints.

Prompong said the public should realise that Suthep’s activities violated the criminal laws and HM the King’s power as well as Article 113 and 68 on overthrowing the administration. Thus, they should not cooperate with Suthep, he added.


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