Court accepts case against Noppadon

The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions on Friday accepted for consideration the case of former foreign minister Noppadon Pattama accused of negligence in connection with Cambodia’s move to list Preah Vihear temple as a world heritage site.

Noppadon Pattama

The petition, filed by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), said Mr Noppadon’s signing of a joint communique with Cambodia supporting the temple's inclusion on the Unesco list on June 18, 2008 was seen as a violation of Article 157 of the Criminal Code.

NACC also accused Mr Noppadon of violating Article 190 of the constitution as he failed to seek parliamentary consent prior to signing the joint communique, as required by the charter.

The judges said the petition was correctly drawn up and constitutional and therefore they agreed to accept the case for consideration.

The court set the first hearing for July 5 at 1.30pm.

Mr Noppadon, a legal adviser of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, served as foreign minister in the Samak Sundaravej government.

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