BANGKOK (NNT) - The Constitutional Court has reached a verdict disqualifying Future Forward Party’s leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit from his seat in the House of Representative from 23 May 2019, because of his shares in a media company.
The Constitutional Court on Wednesday (Nov 20) called a session delivering the verdict regarding Mr Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s eligibility to become a party list MP in the parliament, according to a filing by the Election Commission seeking resolution of the matter concerning Mr Thanathorn’s ownership of shares in V-Luck Media company limited while running his campaign.
Representatives of foreign embassies in Thailand, including the European Union, the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Belgium witnessed the session. Court officials informed the general public to remain orderly and not create any contempt as the hearing would take some time.
Mr Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit arrived at the court along with his wife, Rawiphan Juangroongruangkit, midst a crowd of people coming to show their support.
At 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the judges commenced the session, delivering their verdict on the case. The court found that the accused, Mr Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, still owned his shares in V-Luck Media company limited on the day he registered as a party list MP candidate, thus the accused is found guilty of violating MPs requirements. The court has disqualified the Future Forward Party leader from his MP position from 23rd May 2019, the day the court initially issued his temporary suspension order.
Following this verdict, Mr Thanathorn’s seat in parliament is now empty. The House Speaker must find another party list MP as a replacement. The new MP will then be officially announced on the Royal Gazette.