UPDATE: Seh Ai summoned to testify

The Constitution Court has not yet accepted petitions asking that it consider ordering the Pitak Siam group to call off its Nov 24 rally, but instead decided to summon Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, the group's leader, and Air Vice Marshal Vachara Ritthakani, the spokesman, to testify tomorrow, court spokesman Pimol Thampithakpong said on Wednesday.

It was earlier reported incorrectly that the court had accepted the petitions for consideration.

The petitions were filed by former senator Ruangkrai Leekijwattana, Pheu Thai Party member Singthong Buachum, and lawyer Nuengdin Wimuttinant, citing Section 68 of the constitution.

Mr Pimol said the reasons given in the petitions was not adequate for the court to decide whether to accept them for consideration or not.

The court, therefore, sent a summonse to Gen Boonlert and AVM Vachara, asking them to testify tomorrow at 2pm.

The two had received the summonses and they said they would appear personally, he said.

After hearing their testimony, the Constitution Court judges would decide whether to accept the petitions for consideration, Mr Pimol said.

The spokesman said the court would decide later whether to order the rally to be called off, or not.

Sources said seven of the nine Constitution Court judges met for two hours after which they agreed to summon Gen Boonlert and AVM Vachara to testify before any decision could be made.  The two judges who were absent were Chat Cholavorn and Udomsak Nitimontri.

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