Pareena undeterred by 'political death penalty'

Pareena undeterred by 'political death penalty'

Then-Palang Pracharath Party MP Pareena Kraikupt in the House during debate on the  opposition motion to censure the government on Feb 16, 2021. (Photo: Chanat Katanyu)
Then-Palang Pracharath Party MP Pareena Kraikupt in the House during debate on the opposition motion to censure the government on Feb 16, 2021. (Photo: Chanat Katanyu)

Disgraced and now former Palang Pracharath Party MP Pareena Kraikupt said she will continue her political activities, despite the Supreme Court delivering her the "political death penalty".

The Ratchaburi politician posted a Facebook message saying she would soon make a comeback to politics, although not in parliament.

"See me soon. This time outside parliament," she said.

Ms Pareena, who has been a strong defender of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, can no longer stand for political office after a Supreme Court ruling on Thursday banned her from politics for life.

The court punished her for "severely unethical conduct" in her use of state land for a chicken farm in a forest reserve in Chom Bueng district of Ratchaburi, her political base.

She had not lost a political fight in Ratchaburi for almost two decades before the court dealt her a blow on Thursday.

"Pareena was sentenced to the political death penalty, as if I had committed the most serious offence," she wrote, but said she accepted it.

A by-election for her now-vacant electoral seat on constituency 3 must be held within 45 days. The Election Commission has not yet met to set the date.

The criminal case against Ms Pareena over her use of the state land remains with public prosecutors, who have yet to make a decision on indicting her.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (14)
TRENDING

Economy will grow faster in Q3 as investment, tourism return: Arkhom

Thailand's economic growth is expected to accelerate in the third quarter after a weaker-than-expected second quarter as public investment spending increases along with a recovery in tourism, the finance minister said on Wednesday.

17 Aug 2022

Indian smuggler arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport with fox, pythons

An Indian man has been arrested at Thailand's main airport attempting to smuggle out a menagerie of live creatures including a white desert fox and a raccoon, officials said Wednesday.

17 Aug 2022

Investment pledges slump in H1 as foreign projects wane

Investment applications in Thailand dropped by 42% in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period last year, official data showed on Wednesday, led by a sharp fall in foreign projects as the global economy slowed.

17 Aug 2022