The Court gets tough

The Constitution Court took legal action yesterday against those involved in releasing or publishing information on clips from a hidden camera.


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Court goes after Pasit's passport

Democrats say videos uploaded in Hong Kong

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Pasit Sakdanarong

The Constitution Court plans to ask the Foreign Affairs Ministry to revoke the "blue" state official passport of the former secretary to the court's president, Pasit Sakdanarong.

Mr Pasit flew to Hong Kong on personal business on Oct 13 and is believed not to have returned to Thailand.

He was dismissed as secretary to court president Chat Cholaworn on Oct 18 after video footage related to a case of misuse of an election grant brought against the Democrat Party was made public.

One of the video clips showed Mr Pasit meeting with Democrat MP Wirat Romyen, a member of the legal team defending the Democrat Party against the charge which could result in the dissolution of the party if it is found guilty.

The court's secretariat said yesterday the Constitution Court wanted Mr Pasit's official passport revoked because he was no longer a court official.

Constitution Court judges discussed the video footage at their weekly meeting yesterday. The meeting was chaired by Mr Chat.

The footage was widely circulated in Thailand on Oct 16, one day after Puea Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit told reporters of the existence of the clips. He showed reporters the footage the next day. Puea Thai MP Jatuporn Prompan first mentioned the existence of the clips late last month.

A Democrat Party source said yesterday the videos were found to have been uploaded to the YouTube website from a location in Hong Kong at 10pm on Oct 15.

A police source said a person in Thailand downloaded and disseminated the videos through emails soon after they were uploaded.

Police have identified the person who downloaded the videos and taken legal action against him, although they refused yesterday to reveal his identity.

Crime Suppression Division acting commander Supisarn Pakdiparuenart said police had sought additional information from Google, which runs the YouTube website, on the person who uploaded the footage but they have not yet received a response.

Police have traced the Integrated Circuit Card ID (ICCID), a 20-digit serial number of a SIM card, of the person who uploaded the footage. They believe this could lead them to the person responsible, Pol Col Supisarn said.

The Constitution Court yesterday also decided to file a defamation suit against Mr Jatuporn and three daily newspapers – Khaosod, Manager Daily ASTV and Matichon – which published news reports on the video clips.

The newspapers were sued for publishing Mr Jatuporn's remarks which were considered to be defamatory on Sept 28, an official at the court secretariat said.

The release of the footage has encouraged the understanding among the public that certain powers could influence the court's decision on the Democrat Party case, the official said.

The Constitution Court has also assigned its secretariat to take legal action against the person or persons involved in the release of the five video clips through the YouTube website. The details of discussions by judges shown in the video clips were considered confidential.

Whoever recorded the meetings and released the videos had violated the criminal code, the official said. Those giving interviews to the media about the clips were also considered to have defamed the court.

Mr Prompong yesterday petitioned the Constitution Court to focus on the content of the videos rather than trying to find fault with those who disseminated them.

get tough – to act in a strong and determined to deal with someone or something
release – to allow something to be shown or known to the public or to be available for use เปิดเผย, ปล่อยข่าว
upload – to send documents or programs from your computer to a larger system using the Internet ใส่ข้อมูลจากคอมพิวเตอร์ส่วนบุคคลไปยังเครื่องส่วนกลาง
revoke – to officially say that something is no longer legal  เพิกถอน
state – government รัฐบาล
dismiss – to force someone to leave their job  ไล่ออกจากตำแหน่ง
footage – film or video of a particular subject or event ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
misuse – to use something in an unsuitable way or in a way that was not intended  ใช้ในทางที่ผิด
grant – an amount of money that the government or an organisation gives you for a specific purpose and does not ask you to pay back เงินช่วยเหลือ
make public – to make something known to the public เปิดเผย
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อหา
dissolution – the process of officially ending the existence of a group of organisation การยุบ (พรรค สภา)
find guilty – to prove in a court of law that someone has committed a crime พิสูจน์ว่ามีความผิด
secretariat – a group of senior people within a government or organisation สำนักเลขาธิการ
chair – to be the person in charge of a meeting, committee, or company ดำรงตำแหน่งประธาน, ทำหน้าที่ในฐานะประธาน
circulate – to send to many different people หมุนเวียน
existence – the state of being a real or living thing, or of being present in a particular place, time, or situation การดำรงอยู่,การมีอยู่,การมีชีวิตอยู่,ความเป็นอยู่
mention – to say something during a conversation, but not discuss it much or give many details; to refer to something in a written document without giving many details พูดถึง, กล่าวถึง,  อ้างถึง, เอ่ยถึง
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
disseminate – to spread or give out something, especially news, information, ideas, etc., to a lot of people  เผยแพร่
identify – to specify who someone is  ระบุชื่อ
reveal – to let something become known เปิดเผย
identity – who someone is
reveal identity – to identify someone; to specify who someone is  ระบุชื่อ
suppression – stopping an activity from happening, in this case, criminal activity  การปราบปราม
commander – a police offer of high rank ผู้บังคับบัญชา
sought (past tense of seek) – asked for something, or to tried to get somethingพยายามได้มา
response – an answer การตอบ
trace – to follow the evidence to find out something ตามรอย ตามทาง
digit – any one of the ten numbers 0 to 9 ตัวเลข (0 ถึง 9)
serial number – one of a set of numbers that is put on things produced in large quantities, such as computers, televisions, paper money, etc. so that each has a different number and can be recognised เลขอนุกรม, เลขลำดับ
responsible – deserving to be blamed for something that has happened มีความรับผิดชอบ
defamation (adjective form: defamatory; verb form: defame) – the offence of writing or saying something bad about someone that is not true and makes people have a bad opinion of them การใส่ร้าย
(law)suit – a case that a court is asked to decide involving a disagreement between two people or groups คดีที่ยื่นฟ้องต่อศาล
sue – to take legal action against a person or organisation because of some harm that they have caused you ฟ้องร้อง
remark – something said คำพูด
encourage – to make someone more likely to do or believe something, or to make something more likely to happen ปลุกใจ
influence – to affect or change how someone or something develops, behaves or thinks มีอิทธิพลต่อ, ชักจูง อำนาจบังคับ
confidential – secret, often in a formal, business or military situation ที่เป็นความลับ
violate – to do something that is against a law ละเมิดกฎหมาย
criminal code – the systems of laws dealing with crimes and their punishment ประมวลกฎหมายอาญา
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
petition – to ask someone in authority to do something ยื่นคำร้อง
content – the subject, ideas, or story that a piece of writing or a radio or television programme deals with เนื้อหา,สาระ
find fault with – to criticise someone or something, often after deliberately looking for mistakes วิพากษ์วิจารณ์

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