6 June 2024

The Constitutional Court is due to deliver a ruling on the “Illuminati” or sedition case, against the Future Forward party, party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul and the party’s executive committee, on January 21st.

The case was brought by Mr. Nathaporn Toprayoon, former advisor to the former chairman of the Ombudsman’s Office, who alleged that they had exercised their rights and liberties in a way deemed to be seditious.

He also charged that the party’s logo, featuring an inverted triangle, is similar to that of an ancient secret society, known as The Illuminati, which had desires to create a new world order.

The court agreed to accept the case for consideration and rejected the Future Forward party’s appeal for an inquiry to be held ahead of the judgement, claiming that the evidence was already sufficient to deliver a ruling.

A guilty ruling by the court will lead to the party’s dissolution and its executive committee, including the party leader and secretary-general, being banished from politics.

The Constitutional Court also agreed to accept the Election Commission’s petition to disband the Future Forward party over the 191-million baht loan it accepted from party leader Thanathorn, in violation of the Political Party Act.

The party was given 15 days to submit a written defence.