Palang Pracharat prepares defence for 27 MPs accused of owning media shares

(Photo) Mr. Tossaphol Pengsom, who was tasked with collecting evidence from the Palang Pracharat’s 27 MPs.

The Palang Pracharat party has appointed a party member to gather evidence from the party’s 27 MPs for use in their defence in the Constitutional Court against the accusations, from the Future Forward party, that they held shares in media firms at the time they registered their election candidacy.

The party’s move to help defend the 27 MPs came after House speaker Chuan Leekpai submitted the Future Forward party’s case to the Court challenging the qualifications of 41 MPs, including the 27 MPs of Palang Pracharat, 10 Democrat MPs and one each from the Bhumjaithai, Prachapiwat, Chart Pattana and Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai parties.

Mr. Thosaphol Pengsom, who was tasked with collecting evidence from the Palang Pracharat’s 27 MPs, has scheduled meeting with the group on June 18th for a briefing on the defence strategy.

Ms. Pareena Kraikupt, one of the 27 accused, claimed that she did not own any media shares, adding she was ready to clarify the matter in court.

Besides the Future Forward party, political activist Srisuwan Janya has threatened to petition the Election Commission tomorrow (Friday) over her alleged media share ownership.

The Future Forward party’s move against the 27 MPs is believed to be a tit-for-tat after its party leader, Mr. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, was suspended from performing his duty as an MP by the Constitutional Court on the grounds that he might have owned shares in a media firm, V-Luck Media, at the time he registered his election candidacy.

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