Lawyer files complaint over activist's now-dissolved association

Lawyer files complaint over activist's now-dissolved association

A lawyer has asked police to investigate political activist Srisuwan Janya for allegedly falsifying documents and making false statements in the setting up of his now-dissolved association.

Rachapon Sirisakorn yesterday submitted documents to Pol Maj Gen Narin Fuengsri, investigation chief at the Nang Loeng police station in Bangkok, to support his claims.

The move came after the Department of Provincial Administration issued an order to dissolve the Association to Protect the Thai Constitution for failing to meet membership requirements.

Mr Srisuwan, 55, who served as the association's secretary-general, said he would appeal the order and vowed to continue to monitor the performance of politicians.

Mr Rachapon expressed doubt over whether the association had any members at all, saying that based on his observation, Mr Srisuwan carried out almost all activities alone.

He questioned whether the activist had used other people's names in the registration of the association.

A person guilty of making false statements to officials or using false signatures when applying to register an association faces a six-month jail term and/or a fine of up to 10,000 baht, he said.

The offence of falsifying documents carries a jail term of up to three years and/or a fine of up to 60,000 baht, he said.

Mr Rachapon then urged others to file complaints against Mr Srisuwan if they have any evidence of his alleged wrongdoing.

Mr Srisuwan has filed hundreds of complaints with state agencies regarding the actions of politicians. He was especially busy in the run-up to the last election, watching for possible violations of an Election Commission rule against making unrealistic campaign promises.

The lawyer insisted he was not hired by anyone seeking to get even with Mr Srisuwan nor did he have a personal grudge against the activist. He said he simply believed the activist's actions were not lawful.

If he did not file a police complaint, the department would certainly have filed a complaint, he said.

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