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Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Thailand published a draft of its twentieth constitution on Friday amid concerns that it would be insufficient in resolving long-running troubles and that it may contribute to a weak civilian government under the sway of the military. The draft constitution [Reuters report] is intended to replace the one scrapped in … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The government of Honduras and the Organization of American States (OAS) [official website] on Tuesday signed an agreement [text, in Spanish; press release] to create the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). The MACCIH will be composed of a team of prosecutors, judges … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The trial of former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] began in the Supreme Court of Thailand on Friday, as she appeared in court to face corruption charges involving mismanagement of a rice-subsidy program. The charges against Shinawatra include [AP report] dereliction of duty and failure to stop the … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] Thailand to immediately close a military detention center in Bangkok where two high-profile inmates have died in the last month. The office also called for the end of military detention facilities being used to hold … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Thailand military court on Tuesday indicted two foreigners who authorities believe were involved in the Erawan Shrine bombing last August. The two men from the western China's Xinjiang region have been charged [AP report] with 10 counts, including conspiracy to explode bombs and to commit premeditated murder. An … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Thailand's military government on Monday appointed a committee to write a new constitution after a previous draft was rejected last month. The committee, which consists of 21 members, will begin work on a new draft on Tuesday that must be finished in 180 days. The draft will then go … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] filed a criminal case against Attorney General Trakul Winitnaiyaphak [official website] and other prosecutors on Tuesday, accusing them of abuse of power and causing damage to others in the handling of her case. In February 2014, Shinawatra was charged [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Thailand's military-backed legislature, known as the National Reform Council, on Sunday rejected a draft of a new constitution. The draft was rejected by a vote of 135-105, with seven abstentions, which will likely delay elections planned for next year until at least 2017. A new 21-member drafting committee must … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Royal Thai Police [official website] on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant, based on a sketch from a security video, for a foreign man thought to be the bomber who targeted and bombed the Erawan Shrine [backgrounder] in Bangkok on Monday. The man in the video left a backpack … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Bangkok Criminal Court on Thursday convicted two members of the People's Alliance for Democracy Network [BBC backgrounder], known as "Yellow Shirts," for their roles in breaking into the Prime Minster's office during the 2008 protests. The court found Yellow Shirt movement founder and Thai media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Thailand's military government announced on Tuesday it will hold a referendum on a new constitution, likely delaying the general elections scheduled for mid-2016. Thailand is currently operating under a temporary charter [AP report] as its previous constitution was abolished after a coup last May. A committee [BBC report] will … [read more]


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
20 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Bangkok Military Court on Friday sentenced 67-year-old Opas Chansuksai to 18 months in prison for insulting the monarchy under the nation's lese majeste [BBC backgrounder] laws. Chansuksai was arrested [Reuters report] for insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej [BBC profile] in bathroom graffitti last October, and later confessed [Bangkok Post … [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
23 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Thailand's military-appointed legislature on Friday voted to impeach former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [JURIST news archive], banning her from office for five years for corruption in a scheme to subsidize rice farmers within the country. In addition to the impeachment, Yingluck is also facing up to 10 years in … [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]

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