Protest continue in Bangkok. Protest organizers start setting up the area for rally at Lad Phrao intersection.The Ratsadon volunteer guards block traffic at the Lad Phrao intersection.
Thailand Court PM not Guilty
Constitutional Court’s verdict in favor of Thai PM.Constitutional Court has dismissed charges of ethics breaches and conflict of interests against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in connection with his continued stay at a property owned by the Royal Thai Army after his retirement as army chief
The court said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha was not guilty of abuse of power and conflict of interest by staying in army housing despite retiring from the armed forces.
Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a secretary to PM’s Office Minister, said that the opposition especially the Move Forward Party (MFP) and the student-led pro-democracy group, Ratsadon, should not try to create upheaval and respect the court’s decision.
He also thanked the court for its ruling.
After the verdict came out, student protest groups said that they would continue to protest. The groups held a rally in downtown Bangkok Wednesday evening after the ruling.
Coalition MPs and members of the government, on Thursday, warned opposition parties and pressure groups not to criticize the Constitutional Court’s verdict or face prosecution.
Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, a student-protest leader, said during the rally that the Constitutional Court’s decisions were expected and that the court had ruled against the opposition for years.