6 June 2024

Thailand’s opposition parties have decided to file criminal litigation and ethical misconduct charges against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanavisit and Education Minister Nuttapol Teepsuwan, opposition leader Sompong Amornvivat announced Monday.

Meanwhile, Pheu Thai Secretary-General Prasert Chanthornruangthong said that the prime minister will face charges of malfeasance in office for abusing his authority, while Mr. Jurin will face charges of corruption and malfeasance and Mr. Nuttapol will be charged with gross ethical misconduct and corruption.

Kao Klai Party Leader Pita Limjaroenrat said that the opposition is determined to file the charges, with the National Anti-Corruption Commission, the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders, to protect the public interest.

Pracha Chart Party Leader Wan Muhamad Noor Matha said that, once the Supreme Court accepts the opposition’s cases for consideration, the prime minister and the two ministers must cease performing their duties.