Thai Patriots Network sues FM
- Published: 14/01/2013 at 03:03 PM
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The Thai Patriots Network on Monday filed a lawsuit with the Criminal Court against the Foreign Ministry, accusing it of posting false and misleading information about the Preah Vihear temple on its official, public website.
Also named as defendants in the case are Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, permanent secretary for foreign affairs Sihasak Puangketkaew, East Asian Affairs Department director-general Passakorn Siriyaphan, Information Department chief and ministry spokesman Thani Thongphakdi and Treaties and Legal Affairs Department chief Touchayoot Pakdi.
The lawsuit was filed in the name of the network by its core members Chaiwat Sinsuwong, ML Walwipa Burusphan and Somboon Thongburan.
The six defendants are accused of violating Articles 83, 90, 91 and 157 of the Criminal Code, causing damage to the public.
The lawsuit states that on Feb 9 last year the Foreign Ministry submitted three minutes reporting on a meeting of the Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission (JBC) to parliament and asked for its opinion.
In its message to parliament, the ministry said: "On May 1, 2011 the ministry sent a letter to notify Cambodia that all three minutes of the JBC meetings had undergone a legal process in Thailand and already become effective. Cambodia replied on May 5, 2011 to acknowledge Thailand's action. As for Cambodia, the three minutes of the meeting took effect after the end of the meeting on April 7-8, 2009."
Between Feb 9 - March 15, 2012, the six defendants posted this message on the Foreign Ministry's website http://www.mfa.go.th/ , which could be accessed worldwide.
The Thai Patriots Network said in the lawsuit that the message posted was false and misled the people to believe that the three minutes of the meeting were legally binding on Thailand.
In fact, the three meeting minutes had not been endorsed by parliament, as required by the constitution, it said.
The court accepted the lawsuit for examination.
Mr Chaiwat said the network had so far gathered about 700,000 names and would continue its campaign to get 300,000 more names to support a petition.
After getting one million names, members of the network would march to submit the petition to the president of the Supreme Court and commanders of the armed forces, asking them to protect the country's interests, dependence and sovereignty.
He expected the network would be able to gather up to one million names to support the petition by Jan 21.
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