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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]


Legal News
23 Jul 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced his support on Tuesday for an interim constitution [PDF; in Thai] that would grant extensive authority to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) [MThai report, in Thai], the military junta currently in power. King Bhumibol announced [Reuters … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) [official website] on Thursday issued a unanimous recommendation to seek criminal charges against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for failing to end the government's rice subsidy program, which allegedly cost the nation billions of dollars. The rice subsidy program … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Armed Thai soldiers on Sunday arrested human rights defender Sukanya Prueksakasemsuk and her son Panitan Prueksakasemsuk following a raid of their house in Bangkok. They were released on Monday from military custody [HRW report] on the condition that they give no interviews and take part in no political activities. … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Thailand's military released several statements on Sunday in an effort to smother dissent following the military overthrow of the government last Thursday. Deputy army spokesman Winthai Suvaree said in a televised statement [press release, in Thai]: We would like to ask all people to avoid gathering to stage protests … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Thailand's new military junta leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha [BBC profile], announced on Thursday the military has seized control of the country and suspended its constitution. Chan-ocha became the leader of Thailand's army in 2010 and has proclaimed an interest in keeping the army neutral, but over the years his … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Thai military declared martial law in the Southeast Asian nation on Tuesday. Commander of the Thai army, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, has stated [BBC report] that the army's declaration is not a coup but will remain in place until "peace and order" has been restored. The declaration of martial … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The Thai Constitutional Court [official website, in english] on Tuesday ordered caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] to step down for an alleged abuse of power relating to the transfer of a senior civil servant to another position in the government that occurred shortly after she took office … [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
20 Mar 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Thailand's anti-graft commission indicted Senate President Nikom Wairatpanij [official profile] for alleged wrongdoing when he ended the debate on a bill to amend the Thai constitution [materials] even though members still wanted to discuss the bill further. Wairatpanij has been accused of malfeasance for not being neutral during the … [read more]

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