Abhisit petitions Admin Court

Opposition and Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has submitted a petition to the Administrative Court, asking it to rule whether the Defence Ministry's order to retroactively dismiss him from military service and strip him of his rank is against the law.

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanont Intarakomalyasut said Mr Abhisit's case was filed with the Administrative Court by his lawyer on Monday.

Abhisit Vejjajiva (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

Mr Abhisit has asked the court to rule whether the Defence Ministry can legally retroactively dismiss him and strip him of his military rank since he left the military service a long time ago.

The court was also asked to rule whether the former prime minister had breached military discipline, as mentioned in the Defence Ministry's order.

Mr Chavanont said Mr Abhisit had evidence to confirm that he had never falsified or used fake documents to apply for a teaching job at the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy -- the job that exempted him from military conscription in 1987.

Bundhit Siriphan, Mr Abhisit's lawyer, said that now the petition was filed with the court the Defence Ministry's order would not affect the censure debate against the government scheduled for Nov 25-26.

Mr Bundhit said the Defence Ministry's order was simply persecution which could lead to Mr Abhisit being disqualified as an MP.

Meanhwile, former senator Ruangkrai Leekijwattana petitioned the Election Commission to seek a Consitution Court ruling that Mr Abhisit was still qualified to serve as an MP after the Defence Ministry retroactively dismissed him from military service.

Mr Ruangkrai said that as a result of the dismissal order, Mr Abhisit might have been disqualified as an MP under Sections 102 (6) and 106 (5) of the constitution.

On Mr Abhisit's petition to the Administrative Court against the Defence Ministry's order, the former senator said he believed the court did not have the jurisdiction to consider a matter concerning military disciplinary action.

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