23 May 2024

Embattled Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has invited his supporters and members of the public to attend the party’s political gathering at the Rangsit campus of Thammasat University tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm.

“This maybe the last day that I will speak in front of the people as a party leader,” said Thanathorn in his Facebook post today, noting that he may be banned from politics and his party dissolved on January 21st, when the Constitutional Court is due to deliver a ruling on the party accused of harbouring an intention to overthrow the democratic system with the King as the head of state, widely known as the “Illuminati Case.”

“I still believe in our innocence and believe that the evidence and legal process of this case are motivated by the desire to get rid of political enemies, rather than being a matter of right or wrong. If that is the case (dissolution), it means that the “Future is Now” event will be the last opportunity for me to address the people as the leader of the Future Forward party,” said Thanathorn.

On the same subject, he said that party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul will deliver the party’s closing statement about the “Illuminati Case” outside the courtroom.

Whatever the Constitutional Court’s ruling, he vowed to carry on with his fight and political activity outside parliament.

The charges were lodged against the Future Forward party and its executive committee on May 15th last year by Dr. Natthaporn Toprayoon, a former advisor to the ombudsman.

The Constitutional Court accepted the case for consideration, claiming that the petition was substantiated and there was no need for an inquiry to be held.  The court scheduled the first hearing of the case on January 21st and it is anticipated that the court would deliver its judgment on the same day.