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Legal News
20 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges relating to negligence over the government's rice subsidy scheme. Yingluck maintains that she is innocent, and has stated [remarks] to reporters, "I hope the court will grant me justice, and that everything will go … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Thailand Supreme Court [official website, in Thai] announced Thursday that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] will stand trial for negligence over the government's rice subsidy scheme. The hearing will take place [CNN report] May 19, and she could face up to 10 years in prison if … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A Thai court issued a four-year prison sentence to 15 members of the political group United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), known as the Red Shirts [official blog], on Thursday, following a conviction for inciting riots in 2009. The Red Shirts are a political group that supports former … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Thailand's attorney general filed criminal charges [press release, in Thai] on Thursday against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] over the country's controversial rice subsidy program. Yingluck, Thailand's first female prime minister, could be sentenced to 10 years in prison if found guilty of negligence. Under the rice … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Bangkok Criminal Court [official website] on Wednesday sentenced "Red Shirt" supporter Jatuporn Prompan to two years in prison for defaming former prime minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Prompan was charged with defamation [AP report] for accusing Abhisit of ordering the killings of protesters … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Thailand's legislature [official website] on Friday began an impeachment hearing against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile], who is charged for her alleged role in a disastrous government rice subsidy scheme. The Thai military-appointed legislature is expected to vote on their verdict by the end of the month. … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Criminal Court in Bangkok on Thursday dismissed the murder case against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and the former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban for lack of jurisdiction. Abhisit and Suthep are charged [JURIST report] with premeditated and attempted murder for ordering the Thai military to use live … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Thailand's Constitutional Court [official website] announced Wednesday that they will hear a case accusing Prime Minster Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of misconduct for transferring her National Security Council [official website, in Thai] chief to another position. The complaint, filed by opposition leaders, accuses Shinwatra of violating … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Thailand's Democrat party, the country's main opposition political party, petitioned the Thai Constitutional Court [official website, English] Tuesday to annul the results of last week's national elections, alleging that the polls were unconstitutional. The petition also seeks [AFP report] the dissolution of the ruling party of Prime Minister Yingluck … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] An anti-government protest leader was killed in Bangkok on Sunday. Suthin Thararin, a protest leader for the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) [Facebook page], was shot to death [Reuters report] in front of the Sri Eiam Temple in Bangkok while demonstrators blocked a voting station, according to Police Col. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Thailand imposed a 60-day state of emergency [BBC report] in Bangkok and the surrounding area on Tuesday to respond to anti-government protests. The decree gives the government broad powers in handling the unrest including censoring the media, establishing curfews, banning public gatherings and detaining suspects without the need for … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) [official website] ruled on Tuesday that the actions of 308 members of Parliament in trying to promote the passing of a bill were illegal. The bill in question would make Thailand's upper house of Parliament an all-elected body. The ruling [AP report] will result … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Thailand's government on Thursday rejected calls to postpone the upcoming February elections despite violent protests that have left a police officer dead and nearly 100 people injured. The Election Commission of Thailand [official website, in Thai] made the request [PDF, in Thai] over fears for the safety of candidates … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Former prime minister of Thailand and head of the opposition Democrat Party [TIME backgrounder], Abhisit Vejjajiva [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], was formally charged Thursday with the murder of two individuals during the 2010 Thai military crackdown [TIME backgrounder] on anti-government protests. In 2010 the Red Shirt protesters, supporters … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced [video, interview] on Friday that there will be no early election in response to recent protests by citizens who want her removed from office. Shinawatra said she is unsure whether such a measure would appease the protesters and … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Protestors in Thailand on Friday demand assistance in overthrowing the government, after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] survived a no-confidence vote by parliament on Thursday. Despite the vote, thousands of protesters have gathered around government buildings seeking Shinawatra's ouster [CNN report]. The demonstration against Shinawatra is the biggest … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] on Monday invoked a special security law in districts of Bangkok and nearby areas after protesters stormed and occupied several key ministries. The law, known as the Internal Security Act, gives police additional powers to block routes, impose curfews, ban gatherings and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that a proposal by the ruling Puea Thai party to amend the constitution to make the nation's senate fully elected is illegal. The court held [AP report] that Thailand's parliament did not follow proper procedures for amending the constitution, saying that several lawmakers … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The Thailand Senate [official website] rejected a bill on Monday that may have provided amnesty for crimes committed by self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [Forbes profile; JURIST news archive]. The senate rejected the bill 141-0 after the Thai House of Representatives [official website] approved the bill [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Thailand House of Representatives [official website] approved a bill Friday that opponents fear will provide amnesty for crimes committed by self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [Forbes profile; JURIST news archive]. The bill, which was approved 310-0 after opposition walked out in protest, would allow amnesty [AP report] … [read more]

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