UPON the Constitutional Court ruling today (Nov. 10) that three activists used their rights and liberties with the aim of overthrowing democratic institution with the King as head of state according to the first paragraph of Article 49 of Constitution and ordered them to halt such action, one of them issued a strong denial outside the court, Sanook.com said.
The ruling was made against Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, Mr. Anon Nampa and Mr. Panupong Jadnok, or Mike, all leaders of the People’s Party.
Later Rung said outside the court that the 10 demands made at Thammasat University Rangsit Campus on August 10, 2020 were not so intended.
She was also disappointed that the Constitutional Court did not allow a hearing even though they had filed a request for one, and this she said affected their rights in the judicial process.
Rung added that in fact their demands were aimed at preserving the institution and help it prosper rather than overthrow it with this including the lese majeste law, better known as Criminal Code Section 112, with the movement’s goal being to develop the country so that people have a better life.
Asked whether she is worried that today’s ruling would be binding on other cases, Rung replied that she did not know but it could have an effect on them.
However she was more worried about the possibility of this ruling impacting an online signature campaign which is supported by Progressive Movement chairman Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit to petition for the abolition of the lese majeste law that was signed by over 100,000 people last Saturday Nov. 6.
She asked for more time to study today’s ruling but confirmed that their movement will continue to call for an amendment of Section 112 until they are successful.
Panusaya, or Rung, outside the Constitutional Court today. Photos by Jack Taylor / AFP and published by Sanook.com