11 July 2024

The opposition Move Forward party will go ahead with its plan to reveal the contents of its rebuttal statement and how it will fight the case against the call for its dissolution in the Constitutional Court, in defiance of a gag order.

The Constitutional Court has set June 12th as the date for the hearing of the case, in which the Election Commission (EC) is demanding that the Move Forward party be disbanded and its executive committee members be banned from politics for ten years, for its alleged attempt to overthrow the constitutional monarchy through its election campaign promise to amend the lèse majesté law.

Pending its decision, the court ordered the EC, the Move Forward party and its executive committee members to refrain from expressing their opinions about the case in any way which could be deemed to be guiding Thai society, such that it may affect the judicial proceedings.

Move Forward party spokesman Parit Wacharasindhu said today that they have no intention of putting pressure on the court or of misleading the public about the case.

He claimed that the party merely wants to explain the case to the public and to answer questions. He also insisted that what the party is to tell the public is not confidential, but is information contained in the party’s rebuttal statement to the court.

Parit said the party has a “Plan B”, in case the party is disbanded, as he maintained that all the party’s members share the same political ideology and aspirations, no matter what happens to the party itself.

On Tuesday, the Move Forward party submitted its rebuttal statement to the court, in defence of the charges laid by the EC.

In January this year, the Constitutional Court found the Move Forward party and its leaders guilty of attempting to overthrow the constitutional monarchy through its election campaign, which advocated amendment of the lèse majesté law.