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Next up, ‘the Group of Future Forward’ #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 21, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Next up, ‘the Group of Future Forward’

Feb 21. 2020
By The Nation

Leaders of the Future Forward Party have no intention of giving up their political activism despite their party being disbanded on Friday (February 21) by the Constitutional Court.

And they lost no time in summoning supporters to party headquarters on Bangkok’s Phetchaburi Road.

Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit vowed to continue fighting and announced the formation of “the Group of Future Forward”, which he said would keep up the campaign to get Thailand back on the road to democracy.

Party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul objected to the court’s ruling, which also bans party executives from contesting elections for 10 years.

Piyabutr called the judges’ interpretation of the law inappropriate and accused them of applying double standards.

Court sees Future Forward loans as ‘donations’, total amount excessive #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 21, 2020 by SoClaimon

#ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382577?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

Court sees Future Forward loans as ‘donations’, total amount excessive

Feb 21. 2020
By The Nation

The Constitutional Court on Friday (February 21) ordered the Future Forward Party dissolved because of the Bt191.2 million worth of loans that its wealthy leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit extended to party members.

The court concurred with the Election Commission and said its complaint was correctly filed after a due period of consideration.

It said party members who received a loan were in effect accepting donations or benefits, in violation of Section 72 of the Organic Act on Political Parties.

It also found Future Forward in violation of Section 62, which sets out the legal means by which political parties can obtain money. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit watches the court’s verdict read on TV at party headquarters.

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit watches the court’s verdict read on TV at party headquarters.

Even if a loan does not represent income per se, the court ruled, it is political revenue, and Thanathorn attached conditions and an interest rate, as is common with regular loans sought and granted for commercial purposes.

Both Sections 66 and 72 also prohibit monetary contributions that exceed Bt10 million per year in total, the court noted. Thanathorn’s loans combined went far above that.

The court found the party guilty as charged and ordered it disbanded in accordance with Section 92 of the same legislation.

Future Forward dissolved #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 21, 2020 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382574?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

Future Forward dissolved

Feb 21. 2020
By The Nation

The Constitutional Court dealt the Future Forward Party a possibly fatal blow on Friday (February 21), its judges agreeing with the Election Commission that the party must be dissolved.

The court revoked party executives’ right to contest any more elections for 10 years and prohibited them from registering a new party for the same length of time.

What’s in store in court ruling

Future Forward faithful gather to watch verdict

Future Forward faithful gather to watch verdict #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 21, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Future Forward faithful gather to watch verdict

Feb 21. 2020
By The Nation

Future Forward Party supporters were on Friday (February 21) assembling at its Bangkok headquarters, some buying souvenirs to help cover the legal expenses of embattled party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.

With a Constitutional Court ruling on the party’s fate due at 3pm, the faithful obtained membership cards bearing a hand-drawn portrait of Thanathorn and top donors received T-shirts autographed by party MPs.

As a band played in the background, protective facemasks were distributed to ward off the Covid-19 virus.

Party executives speaking at the gathering insisted that Thanathorn’s financial loans to the party and some members – the primary move that landed him and the party in legal trouble – had adhered to the Constitution, but “the process is not in our favour”, as one put it.

As verdict time drew near, the crowd began swelling around a large TV screen.

What’s in store in court ruling #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 21, 2020 by SoClaimon

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What’s in store in court ruling

Feb 21. 2020
By The Nation

The Election Commission has explained the Future Forward Party dissolution over loans its leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, distributed among party members.

The commission cited Section 62 of the charter’s organic law on political parties giving political parties seven ways to raise funds – which is different from the Civil and Commercial Code.

Therefore, the money that does not come from the sources that the law on political parties allows will be considered illegitimate even though it is legal according to the other codes.

The law in Section 66 also limits the amount of money that can be collected in donations at Bt10 million, a restriction intended to foster transparency.

Section 72 furthermore prohibits political parties and their members from receiving money or assets from any sources when they know they are unlawful or have reasonable doubts of being unlawful.

The Constitutional Court was at 3pm on Friday (February 21) set to announce a verdict on the commission’s complaint.

It could find the party not guilty of violating some legislation and not others, which would see allow the commission to lay charges under the penal code but would not result in its dissolution.

If Section 62 and 66 are violated, penalties will include imprisonment for up to five years, a fine of up to Bt100,000 or both, or the party could be barred from the next election and fined up to Bt1 million and its executives could be banned from politics for five years.

Security tightened as court set to decide on Future Forward Party’s fate #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 21, 2020 by SoClaimon

#ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

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Security tightened as court set to decide on Future Forward Party’s fate

Feb 21. 2020
By The Nation

The Constitutional Court will shut down mobile signals when the judges meet to decide the dissolution case against Future Forward Party so that their verdict is not leaked before the official announcement at 3pm on Friday.

Security was tightened outside the court premises with metal barriers erected to create a perimeter. Use of cellphones, watches and electronic devices in the courtroom is prohibited.

Royal Thai Police deputy spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen said that the police will maintain peace by deploying 150 policemen to monitor the situation.

Representatives from international organisations such as the European Union and the US embassy will also attend.

Somsak dismisses claims of intimidation in by-election campaign #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 21, 2020 by SoClaimon

#ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

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Somsak dismisses claims of intimidation in by-election campaign

Feb 20. 2020
Somsak Thepsutin.

Somsak Thepsutin.
By The Nation

The government has not abused its power by threatening members of the Pheu Thai Party during their election campaign in Kamphaeng Phet province, as claimed by the party’s leader, said Justic Minister Somsak Thepsutin.

The minister said the by-election campaigns of Phalang Pracharat and Pheu Thai parties went smoothly in a positive atmosphere with warming responses from the locals.

“There was no intimidation,” Somsak said, adding that he would help the Phalang Pracharat MP when his present tenure ends on February 21.

Sompong Amornvivat, leader of Pheu Thai, said party members told of being followed and threatened by some military personnel in the past few days.

Somsak believed that the government party MP would win the by-election.

Pheu Thai complains of meddling in by-election #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 21, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Pheu Thai complains of meddling in by-election

Feb 20. 2020
Sompong Amornvivat

Sompong Amornvivat
By The Nation

Pheu Thai MPs have claimed that government officials threatened them ahead of this weekend’s by-election in Kamphaeng Phet province.

Party leader Sompong Amornvivat said on Thursday (February 20) that some of his MPs campaigning there had been “followed” and threatened by some men in the last three or four days.

And when he visited the party’s former MP there, two unknown men were seen wandering around outside the house.

Deputy leader Nakorn Machim claimed “the government” had ordered local leaders to support its people at the polls, presumably referring to Phalang Pracharat candidates and said the Army was ordered to pressure Pheu Thai during the campaign.

Nakorn said the party had complained to the Election Commission but had no response so far.

He has asked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to halt the interference so that election meddling doesn’t become a topic in the upcoming censure debate.

Police gear for possible trouble ahead of court’s verdict on Future Forward Party tomorrow #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 21, 2020 by SoClaimon

#ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

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Police gear for possible trouble ahead of court’s verdict on Future Forward Party tomorrow

Feb 20. 2020
By THE NATION

Police are preparing measures to ensure public safety and order at the Constitutional Court tomorrow where the verdict on a request to dissolve the Future Forward Party will be delivered, said Pol Maj Gen Somprasong Yenthuam, deputy metropolitan police commander of security today (February 20).

The court is set to rule on the dissolution case , filed on the grounds that its leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, loaned the party Bt191 million ahead of the 2019 election.

“Officers from two police stations, Makkasan and Thungsonghong, will join forces to patrol perimeter of the Constitutional Court on Chaeng Watthana Road and monitor the behaviour of Future Forward Party’s supporters who are expected to gather at the court tomorrow,” he said. “Furthermore, we will dispatch an additional company of officers from Crowd Control and Protection Division if the situation escalates”.

Somprasong added that there are no sign of trouble at the venue as of now. “We will also deploy police officers at the head office of Future Forward Party on New Phetburi Road where some of the party members will be stationed tomorrow,” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan said today that he did not have any concern regarding the court’s verdict tomorrow, and believed that all precautionary measures would be in place to handle the situation, adding that “Whatever the verdict is, the Future Forward Party must abide by the court’s decision”.

MPs thwart Future Forward motion to prevent coups #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 21, 2020 by SoClaimon

#ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382489?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

MPs thwart Future Forward motion to prevent coups

Feb 20. 2020
 Piyabutr Saengkanokkul

Piyabutr Saengkanokkul
By The Nation

A move by Future Forward Party (FFP) secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul on establishing a commission to prevent another coup in the future was rejected by the House of Representatives.

A vote on the motion saw 242 members of the House of Representatives opposing it while 215 supported the idea and two did not vote.

Before the vote, Piyabutr said that the motion would not affect the existing government led by Prayut Chan-o-cha but the censure debate was what the government had to worry about.

He also said that he might be debating in the house for the last time since FFP faces a Constitutional Court ruling on February 21 on disbanding of the party. He said the motion would be an agenda for the nation, not the opposition or the government.

The opposition led by FFP yesterday said in the debate that coups had been obstacles in Thailand’s development.

They also asked House Speaker Chuan Leekpai to vote in support of the motion to show that he did not support coups. However, the house speaker did not vote.

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