PAD activists finally seek appeal by NACC against Supreme Court’s ruling

Two activists of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on Monday formally asked the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to appeal against the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Offices’s acquittal of former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat and three other defendants for their supervisory role in the violent crackdown of yellow-shirt protesters on October 7, 2008 which left two protesters dead and over 400 injured.

Representing the PAD, Veera Somkwamkid and Samdin Lertbutrs, former core members of the movement, said the PAD wanted the NACC to appeal against the acquittal verdict and expected the latter to be able to do so within the 30-day period.

They handed over the petition to NACC deputy secretary-general Thammanoon Ruengdit.

Veera said the evidence they produced to the NACC are substantial to pursue the appeal and the NACC has no need to find any additional evidence.

He said the PAD would work in parallel with the NACC in pursuing the case, and noted that if the NACC did not appeal, the PAD would do so using all existing legal channels.

He said he would look into the full context of the Supreme Court’s ruling to find what issues could be used further to support the appeal.

Commenting on concern by the prime minister of the PAD’s movement, he assured that the movement would be peaceful and not a protest rally.

He said the movement would follow the path of justice channel and would be peaceful with no propaganda campaign to persuade people out to protest.

NACC deputy secretary-general Thammanoon said the NACC has designated it’s lawyers to get a full copy of the court’s verdict for study and submit further action to the NACC board to consider appeal.

On August 2, the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions also acquitted former deputy prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, former national police chief Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwan and former metropolitan police commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Suchart Muenkaew.

They were indicted of abusing of power in ordering violent suppression of yellow-shirt protesters in October 2008.