11 July 2024

The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders has decided to permanently revoke the right to contest elections of former MP of the disbanded Future Forward party Pannika Wanich, after finding her guilty of a gross violation of the ethical code.

The court has also banned her from holding any political post. The charge was filed against her with the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in June 2019 by serial petitioner Srisuwan Janya, accusing her of posting several images and statements on Facebook which were deemed to offend the monarchy.

The NACC ruled Pannika guilty of a gross ethical violation on February 28th last year and took the case to the Supreme Court. The court’s verdict was released today (Wednesday).

Pannika was one of the members of the Future Forward party who were banned from voting in elections for ten years, after the party was dissolved by the Constitutional Court in 2020 for receiving a 191 million baht loan from party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, in violation of the Political Parties Act.