Phongthep: ISA order irrevocable
Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana on Wednesday said the decision to impose the Internal Security Act (ISA) in three districts of Bangkok was the cabinet's legal right and the government's opponents had no legal standing to oppose it.
- Published: 31/07/2013 at 04:12 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Mr Phongthep was responding to reports that anti-government groups - which have announced rallies to oppose the controversial amnesty bill proposed by a Pheu Thai MP when parliament reopens on Thursday - planned to petition the Central Administration Court against the cabinet’s order.
Mr Phongthep said if these groups wanted to challenge the government’s use of the ISA, they should go to the courts of justice instead.
However, they could only ask the court to review details of operating procedures used to deal with the protesters. They could not ask the court to force the cabinet to revoke its order.
Invoking the ISA was within the power and authority of the administrative branch and had been legally endorsed by the cabinet, he added.
The deputy prime minister was speaking to reporters after attending a special cabinet meeting on Wednesday which decided to impose the ISA in three districts of Bangkolk - Dusit, Phra Nakhon and Pom Prab Satruphai -- to cope with rallies planned to coincide with the reopening of parliament and the debate of contentious legislation.
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