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PAD asks Govt not to accept ICJ ruling

Posted by Rattana_S On January - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) has formally submitted a seven-point proposal for the government not to accept the International Court of Justice’s(ICJ) pending ruling over the Thai-Cambodian border dispute.

The proposal was submitted by Panthep Puapongpan, a PAD core member, to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

In the first point of the proposal, the PAD asked the government to officially declare that the ICJ does not have the jurisdiction to interpret the 1962 judgement, which awarded ownership of the Preah Vihear temple to Cambodia but left the 4.6 sq km area surrounding it in dispute.

The ICJ has scheduled for both countries to present an oral statement from April 15 to 19. The ruling is expected to be made in October.

The other points in the proposal are as follows:

– Following the declaration, Thailand would subsequently not be duty-bound to comply with the ICJ’s injunction.  It would not have to withdraw troops or police from the disputed area, but push a Cambodian community out of the Thai soil.

– Thailand should then develop relationship particularly with countries which are members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to make sure that its territorial sovereignty would not be be infringed on.

– The Thai government must reiterate that other UN members cannot interfere in Thailand’s internal affairs, citing  provisions in the UN Charter.

– Thailand must not return to be a member of Unesco’s World Heritage Convention.

– The government should stop the Foreign Ministry’s plan to hire academics with a budget of 7.1 million baht to campaign on state media for the Thai people to accept the ICJ’s ruling, even if it could mean a loss of territory to Cambodia.

– The government should take action to expedite the release of Veera Somkwamkid and Ratree Pipattanapaiboon, members of the Thai Patriots Network, who have been imprisoned in Cambodia for alleged spying and border encroachment.

Mr Panthep said the PAD would consider taking action, which might be a mass rally, if the government did not respond to the proposal.

BANGKOK, Jan 8 – The anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) petitioned Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today, calling on her administration to defy the pending ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the contested land surrounding Phra Viharn (Preah Vihear) temple over Thai and Cambodian ownership.
Panthep Puapongpan, a PAD spokesperson, said Thailand must clearly display its stance against the ICJ judgement and jurisdiction, and refuse to sign any agreement as a result of the court’s order.
Thailand and Cambodia are scheduled to give their oral statements on the dispute at The Hague, Netherlands, on April 15-19.
“Thailand has completely abided by the ICJ’s order. It is not necessary to follow the ICJ’s injunction,” he said. “We are not organising any activity at the moment while watching the government’s direction. If the government follows the ICJ’s order, it is tantamount to intentionally let go of the Thai territory.”
Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanchana said the Thai legal team will meet with foreign legal consultants in London next month to prepare the oral statement for presentation to the Court on April 19.
The legal consultants have been given full authority in fighting the case for Thailand’s ultimate interests, said Mr Phongthep, appointed by the premier to supervise the case. He is also education minister.
He said the legal team, including its foreign consultants appointed by the previous government will pursue the case.
The government welcomes suggestions from the Thai people and any organisations concerning the case but final decision depends on the judges, he said, warning against creating negative attitudes towards Thailand.
“Judges are human beings. Their negative attitudes will be unfavourable to Thailand. We will fight to the utmost. We are fighting for the other part of the territory which they (the Cambodians) have claimed ownership. If the court dismisses (the Cambodian) complaint, we will be back to the status quo of the ICJ’s ruling in 1962,” he said.
In its 1962 verdict, the ICJ only ruled that the temple belonged to Cambodia but there was no judgement on the 4.6 sq km of scrubland surrounding the temple. Thailand has claimed ownership of the land, reasoning that the border had never been officially demarcated.
The dispute between the two countries erupted again shortly after the UNESCO approved Cambodia’s bid to have the temple named a World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008.  (MCOT online news)

BANGKOK, Dec 27 – Thai prosecutors today indicted six co-leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), known as Yellow Shirts, for leading their protesters in an intrusion of the Government House compound during anti-government demonstrations in 2008.

The PAD leaders, who appeared at Criminal Court today and were indicted, are media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul, Maleerat Kaewka, retired-General Chamlong Srimuang, Pipob Thongchai, Somkiat Pongpaiboon and Prapan Koonmee.

Prosecutors indicted the six yellow shirt activists in three separate cases.

All were indicted for leading PAD protesters to seize the Government House compound in their month-long campaign to topple the Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat administration in 2008.

Another case involved the accusation that 20 PAD Yellow Shirt activists led the blockade of the Parliament by the movement in October 2008.

Mr Sondhi alone was indicted for defamation of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

PAD lawyer Suwat Apaiyapakdi said only six protest leaders turned up at the court today, while the rest will report to hear the prosecutors’ decision on January 22.

He said each PAD leader submitted Bt90,000 bail bond for Government House invasion case, and an additional Bt100,000 for the Parliament blockade case.

Mr Sondhi also posted another Bt100,000 as collateral to seek his temporary release.

Prosecutors said they have thoroughly considered the three cases based on evidence submitted by investigators, as well as video clips from the media which documented wrongdoings by the accused.

They said the cases have been delayed for more than a year as they also considered the complaints of the defendants with caution. (MCOT online news)

PAD leaders no-show for indictment

Posted by arnon_k On December - 20 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The Office of the Attorney General on Thursday ordered police investigators to bring in leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to report to it as soon as possible, after they again failed to show up for indictment in three cases scheduled for today.

The OAG issued the order after Puangthip Boonsanong and Nitithorn Lamlua, lawyers for PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul, met special case prosecutor Prayuth Sattayarak and sough another postponement of the indictment.

The OAG had scheduled today to indict PAD leaders in three cases:

1. The case against 20 leading PAD members relating to the rally in front of parliament on Oct 5-7, 2008;
2. The case against Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang and five other PAD leaders for intruding into Government House on Aug 26-31, 2008; and
3. The case against Mr Sondhi for allegedly defaming former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in his speeches on the stage during the 193-day PAD rally in 2008.

Mr Prayuth said the suspects were dueto report to the OAG for indictment in the Criminal Court today, but none of them showed up. Only their lawyers came to seek another postponement, having done so several times before.

The prosecutors saw no reason to allow another postponement and issued a letter commanding the investigators to bring the suspects to the OAG for indictment as soon as possible. The police could issue a summons or ask the court to issue an arrest warrant under the Criminal Procedures Code if necessary.

Ms Puangthip, one of the lawyers, said she expected to bring the PAD leaders to report to OAG in early January.

The OAG had earlier postponed until Feb 7 next year the indictment of nine PAD leaders including Maj-Gen Chamlong and Mr Sondhi in a case of inciting rebellion, and the indictment of 114 PAD leaders and supporters on charges relating to the occupation of Bangkok’s two airpoprts.