Court actions

9 06 2016

Two short reports on judicial action deserve attention.

The first is about the Ombudsman’s Office petitioning the Constitutional Court over Section 61 of the referendum law that ill-defined illegal actions related to the constitutional referendum. The Constitutional Court on Wednesday accepted the petition. The report states that the court has “ordered the National Legislative Assembly and Election Commission to send evidence to counter the case.” Presumably the Constitutional Court now moves quickly to decide if Section 61 of the referendum law infringes on “constitutional rights” in the military’s interim charter.

AnarchyThe second story refers to the case of Natthapol Khemngern, a musician, who was arrested on 25 May 2015 for anarchist graffiti at the Criminal Court. Originally the Criminal Court sentenced him to two years imprisonment reduced to one year without suspension because he pleaded guilty. Natthapol appealed, and the Appeals Court upheld the sentence but suspended it for two years, fined him and ordered that he complete 12 hours of community service.