Court clears Sira of abusing his power

Court clears Sira of abusing his power

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday cleared Palang Pracharath Party's Sira Jenjaka of abuse of power in relation to claims he interfered in a condominium project in Phuket last year, paving the way for him to file a counter-suit against fellow MPs who brought the case to court.

Mr Sira, a Bangkok MP, confirmed he was mulling legal action. If he decided to go ahead with action against the 57 MPs who signed a petition to initiate the case against him in the Constitutional Court, it would be "payback time" and a way of teaching lawmakers to be responsible for their actions.

The petition was submitted to the court via Parliament President Chuan Leekpai.

Mr Sira was embroiled in a conflict with local police when he travelled to Phuket in August last year and visited the site of an exclusive hillside condominium and villa project which had been suspended pending a Supreme Administrative Court ruling on its land status.

The 2.1-billion-baht project in tambon Karon, Muang district, was highlighted by Mr Sira who claimed it occupied land whose Nor Sor 3 Kor paper had been revoked.

The project's operator maintained the land was bought in good faith and admitted the land ownership document had been cancelled by a court order.

However, an appeal was lodged with the Supreme Administrative Court and, until a court ruling was handed down, the project was put on hold.

During his visit, Mr Sira argued with a senior policeman after he said he was "not receiving protection from local police".

He claimed he was the target of a death threat over his investigation into the project.


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