Suit filed against imposition of state of emergency

national January 27, 2014 00:00

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A core protest leader on Monday filed a lawsuit with the Civil Court against the caretaker premier, the chief and deputy chief of the government's peacekeeping centre, accusing them of invoking a state of emergency without legitimacy.

Thaworn Senneam asked the Court to revoke the state of emergency decree and prohibit the dispersal of the antigovernment protesters.
The defendants were caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra, Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order's chief Chalerm Yoobamrung and deputy chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew.
Thaworn based his complaint on the Constitutional Court's ruling that the PDRC protest has been lawful since it is unarmed and peaceful, thus, the government does not need to impose the state of emergency, which restricts the protesters’ rights.
He said he had to file the suit with the Civil Court because the emergency decree did not allow them to bring the case to the Administrative Court.
He said the rally leaders would not lead the protesters at the Victory Monument site to lay siege to any state premises, fearing for the protesters’ safety.
He added that police, who had earlier been deployed to maintain security at the protest site, were withdrawn, with the police reasoning that they might face legal action for supporting illegal protests after the imposition of the state of emergency.
The court accepted the suit for an urgent hearing. It was expected to rule this afternoon.

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