Thanathorn produces traffic tickets to prove he was speeding to Bangkok to transfer his media shares
Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has produced, via his Facebook page, images of three traffic tickets he received for speeding to prove that he was rushing back to Bangkok, from the northeastern province of Buri Ram, to transfer all his shares in V-Luck Media Company on January 8th.
He is due to meet with the Election Commission’s (EC) probe team at about 1 pm today (Tuesday) to defend himself against the EC’s charge that he still possessed the shares when he registered his election candidacy, which would be in violation of the Constitution and the MP Election Act.
The first traffic ticket was issued on January 7th at 3.39 pm in the northeastern province of Surin, showing the car was traveling at 129 kph. The second ticket was issued on January 8th at 11.41 am in Nang Rong district of Buri Ram, showing the car was moving at 139 kph. The third ticket was issued in Tambon Klong See, Klong Luang district of Pathum Thani province at 2.45 pm for driving at 137 kph.
In addition to the traffic tickets, Thanathorn also showed a map of his route and two cheque stubs, issued on November 8th 2018 and January 8th2019, as further proof that the shares were actually transferred before he registered.
Thanathorn and 11 other Future Forward candidates and prospective MPs are being accused of owning media shares when they registered their candidacy by political activist Srisuwan Janya, who has demanded that the EC to check the qualifications of these politicians. Srisuwan claims that he raised the issue with the EC in order to set a precedent for all politicians that they must comply with the law.
The 11 Future Forward party members implicated by Srisuwan are Tunwarin Sukhiphisit, Win Suthirachai, Karom Ponpornklang, Woraphop Wiriyaroj, Worakorn Ruthaiwanichakul, Thitikan Thitipruethikul, Harin Yuwarattanaporn, Ms. Nareerat Sukwanrat, Veerachon Nangprakai, Piyameth Praneetpolkrang and Ms. Kalyarat Tidtidkanyanont.