Pheu Thai accused of party law breach

Pheu Thai accused of party law breach

Sonthiya Sawasdee, an adviser to the House committee on law, justice and human rights, on Thursday asked the Election Commission (EC) to initiate a party dissolution probe against the main opposition Pheu Thai Party for allegedly violating the political party law.

Mr Sonthiya's petition was prompted by a social media message posted by singer Chai-amorn Kaewwiboonpan, aka "Ammy The Bottom Blues", who suggested Pheu Thai was giving financial support to an anti-government movement.

Chai-amorn is a key figure in the protest movement who was charged with lese majeste in connection with anti-government protests and the torching of a royal photo in front of Bangkok Remand Prison early this year.

Mr Sonthiya said the EC must look into the singer's claim and ask the Constitutional Court to dissolve Pheu Thai if it found the party violated Sections 45 and 92 of the political party law.

Mr Sonthiya said if Chai-amorn's claim turned out to be false, Pheu Thai would have to take action to defend itself.

Meanwhile, activist Srisuwan Janya said he would today also ask the EC to launch a dissolution probe against the Pheu Thai Party following the singer's claim.

Besides Chai-amorn, activist Pakorn Porncheewangkul also wrote a similar message on his Facebook hinting at Pheu Thai's alleged involvement in the protests.

Mr Srisuwan said the activists' remarks suggested that parties could be behind the anti-government movement and street protests, which had turned violent.

Prasert Chantararuangthong, Pheu Thai Party secretary-general, on Thursday denied the party was involved, saying it is not worried about the petition.

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