PM warns PAD to comply with law

The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) should comply with the law in their plan to ask the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to appeal against the ruling of the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Position, Prime Minsiter Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Saturday (Aug 5).

Gen Prayut said this after taking part in a ceremony to mark the 130th founding anniversary of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy in Nakhon Nayok province.

He was referring to the PAD’s resolution to ask the NACC on Monday (Aug 7) to petition against the court’s acquittal of former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, former deputy prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, former police chief Patcharawat Wongsuwon and former metropolitan police chief Suchart Muankaew for their parts in the dispersal of PAD protesters who laid siege to parliament on Oct 7, 2008, causing deaths and injuries.

Gen Prayut said the PAD should respect the court’s judgement and the justice process.

In the PAD’s plan to submit a petition with the NACC on Aug 7, the prime minister said the PAD should first seek permission from authorities as required by the Public Gathering Act and comply with other related laws. This is to prevent a recurrence of conflicts, which may affect national reconciliation efforts.

He said the government is not blocking any activity as long as it complies with the constitution and relevant laws.

“We have to respect the court’s decision and the justice process. There are many other ways of showing dissatisfaction than staging a protest, which can lead to conflicts and affect the government’s reconciliation efforts,” said the prime minister.