Yingluck requests testimony postponement

national April 17, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has requested a postponement of her testimony over her alleged violation of the constitution in connection with the transfer of National Security Council secretary-general Thawil Pliensri.

Constitutional Court chief spokesman Pimol Thammapitakpong said Yingluck’s lawyer submitted a petition with the court on Friday requesting her defence statement be postponed 15 days from April 18. 
The court has been asked to rule on whether Yingluck’s order to transfer Thawil constitutes a breach of Article 268 of the constitution.
She faces being suspended in accordance with Article 182 (7) of the constitution.
In requesting the delay, Yingluck said she needed more time to prepare documentation as she had to make copies of Supreme Administrative Court documents and the court was closed for the long Songkran holiday.
The Constitutional Court president has the authority to call a special judicial meeting to consider the petition or assign a particular judge to make the decision. 
The court may rule on whether to allow the postponement before the deadline and may allow a partial postponement. 
The court accepted to rule on the case on April 3 and will resume work on April 23 after Songkran.

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