- Posted May 7, 2014 by
Thailand: Highest Court ruled against the PM
Thailand Constitution Court today ruled that PM Yingluck Shinawatra did violate the constitution when she ordered the transfer of Mr.Thawil Pliensri out of National Security Council secretary-general position. The transfer was done as a scheme to put Pol.Gen.Priewpan Damapongse, her brother-in-law, into the top law enforcement position, chief of the Royal Thai Police.
Yingluck Shinawatra ordered the transfer of Pol.Gen.Vichien Potposri, then chief of the police, to take over National Security Council secretary-general, Mr.Thawil Pliensri's position. This left vacant the chief of police position which Pol.Gen.Priewpan Damapongse then took over, by her appointment. She then put Mr.Thawil Pliensri into a ceremonial position of secretary to the PM's office.
Since then Mr.Thawil Pliensri had won back his original position of National Security Council secretary-general by the ruling of the Administrative Court which judged the PM action as illegal.
The ruling today, in effect, immediately removed Yingluck Shinawatra from her office. She's no longer the care-taker Prime Minister of Thailand. The court also ruled that if any minister in her cabinet has taken part in the illegal action, that minister also must vacate his position.
The caretaker cabinet, if sacked by the court for colluding in the transfer, plans to object to the ruling on the grounds that the constitution stipulates that they must stay on as caretakers until a new cabinet is established.