11 July 2024

Thailand’s Constitution Court decided on Wednesday to take into consideration a petition lodged against the Move Forward Party, and its leader and PM candidate Pita Limjaroenrat, over their policy to amend the lèse majesté law.

Pita and his party are required to submit their defence within 15 days of receiving the request from the Court.

The Court’s decision is another blow to Pita, as earlier the Election Commission decided to ask the Court to consider Pita’s ITV’s shareholding case.

The petitioner, lawyer Theerayut Suwankesorn, believes that Pita and his party’s policy to amend the law violates Article 49 of the Constitution, which prohibits the public from exercising its rights and liberties to overthrow the country’s constitutional monarchy.

Pita used the issue throughout his general election campaign and continues to do so, claims Theerayut.

The lawyer called on the attorney general to seek a Constitution Court order for an end to such acts.

As allowed by the Constitution, he petitioned to the court himself, after the attorney general failed to act on his petition within 15 days.