By Thai Newsroom Reporters
A CRIMINAL LAWSUIT ENDORSED BY over 700,000 people was today (August 13) filed against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on charges of allegedly mishandling the Covid-19 pandemic situation which has apparently resulted in high rates of infection and fatalities throughout the country.
At the Criminal Court, Lawyers Association of Thailand president Narinpong Jinapak and newly-formed Thai Sang Thai Party representatives jointly lodged the criminal case against Gen. Prayut in his current capacities as director of the government-run Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and executor of sustained emergency rule.
Over 700,000 people nationwide have followed the Thai Sang Thai Party campaign by signing for the duty negligence and misconduct charges, also known as Section 157 of the Criminal Code, against the premier who has allegedly failed to put the pandemic situation under control, thus disrupting the medical service systems at hospitals nationwide, and failed to promptly and adequately procure and allocate coronavirus vaccines, thus resulting in 6,000-plus fatalities so far.
PM Prayut is being held responsible for such failures which have allegedly resulted in the massive loss of lives and disruption to the pandemic-related medical systems nationwide.
Meanwhile, a group of registered nurses calling themselves Nurses Connect have joined ranks with the Lawyers Association of Thailand, opposition lawmakers and others in raising strong objection to the government’s reported plan to apply an executive decree in order to spare the responsibilities of Prayut as the CCSA chief, Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and members of the Vaccine Allocation Committee for their alleged failures in coping with the sustained pandemic situation.
The government’s planned decree for such liability immunity is not only designed to give pardon to medical personnel in charge of pandemic prevention and patients treatment but to the premier and other high-level government officials including those currently attached to the CCSA who may practically have made ”inadvertent errors” leading to fatalities among infected patients.
Nonetheless, the nurses group insisted that the premier and those executive government officials be finally bound to be held responsible for their reportedly erroneous performances involving measures toward pandemic prevention as well as vaccine procurement and allocation.
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