Protesters demand Thaksin be denied bail in S112 case

Protesters demand Thaksin be denied bail in S112 case

June 18 fixed as time to meet trial

Protesters demand Thaksin be denied bail in S112 case
Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, center, is seen with current Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, left, and former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, who is also his brother- in- laws, having dining in Chiang Mai in March. ( Supplied photo )

When former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is expected to make his parole demand public next week, protest groups have asked the army to stop it.

On Tuesday, the protesters from the Network of Students and People Reforming Thailand and Thai Citizens Protecting the Monarchy marched to the military office to sign a complaint.

The organizations urged the troops to oppose parole, which Thaksin will most likely ask when he meets with the prosecution on June 18 to officially embrace his accusation on a cost of breaking Area 112 of the Criminal Code or the Lese Majority Law.

Following an interview he gave to a North Korean paper in 2015 about the now-defunct National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO ) revolution that overthrew the Yingluck Shinawatra leadership on May 22, 2014, the command was brought against him.

His comments reportedly contained insulting and critical remarks about the monarchy.

Thaksin has refuted the claim, claiming that the content of his interview was contorted, which could have infuriated him.

Pichit Chaimongkol, a opposition leader, said Thaksin may attempt to interfere with evidence in the case if he makes a loan demand and it is granted.

In a reference to the original leading who fled Thailand in 2008 immediately before the Supreme Court found him guilty of helping his then-wife, Khunying Potjaman Na Pombejra, purchase perfect property at a discount while he was perfect secretary, Mr. Pichit added that Thaksin also poses a flight risk.

Justice Minister Tawee Sodsong, but, stated that the army was not the authorized body in charge of the latest case and was therefore in no position to act in this instance.

In addition, Defense Minister Sutin Klungsang argued that the military was not involved in Thaksin’s der majoreste case because the coup-engineer NCPO had been using the army’s operational mechanism to file the case.

The minister said,” We have to let justice take its course, and the case been fought in a court of law.”

Over remarks made in 2015, the attorney-general charged Thaksin with der guess and laptop crime offences on May 29.

According to Prayut Phetcharakhun, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Attorney-General, Thaksin allegedly imported details into a computer program that was deemed a threat to national security.

Because he supposedly contracted Covid- 19, the prosecution was unable to arraign Thaksin as planned on May 29.