Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung has rejected the possibility of the government issuing an executive decree to free red-shirt political prisoners.
Mr Chalerm was responding yesterday to the demand of a red-shirt-affiliated group called "January 29 for the Release of Political Prisoners."The deputy prime minister said if such a decree is issued, some parties would ask the Constitution Court to rule on its legality. It would then be nullified because it contradicts Section 184 of the charter.
The section permits executive decrees only when urgent action is necessary for national security, public safety, the security of the economy or the prevention of a public disaster. None of those grounds would qualify, he said.
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