Chalerm requests review of top court's role

Chalerm requests review of top court's role

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung has asked the top brass at the Justice Ministry to study the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions, a ministry source says.

He made his request yesterday at a meeting with Justice Minister Pracha Promnok and the ministry's permanent secretary Kittipong Kittayarak.

The move came after Mr Chalerm suggested at Tuesday's cabinet meeting that possible civil and political rights violations within the court be included in a report sent to the UN Human Rights Commission on International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

A panel to review the report, chaired by Mr Chalerm, will hold its first meeting on Wednesday. According to the source, it may issue some amendments to the laws related to the court.

In 2008, the court sentenced ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra to two years in jail over the Ratchadapisek land deal of his ex-wife Khunying Potjaman na Pombejra.

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