Thai military to take action against TRT leader
2007-02-27 17:33:11

BANGKOK, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) — Thailand’s military
authority Council for National Security (CNS) decided on Tuesday to
take legal action against the acting leader of Thailand’s former ruling
Thai Rak Thai Party (TRT), Chaturon Chaisang for alleged violation to
the ban on political activities,CNS spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.

According to a report on Bangkok Post website, Sansern said Chaturon’s visit to voters in the northeastern provinces of Thailand violates a ban on political
activities, which was imposed by the CNS after it launched the Sept. 19
coup last year to oust then premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thaksin later resigned as leader of the ruling TRT party while he remained out of Thailand since the coup, and Chaturon was appointed as acting party leader.

Chaturon were reportedly touring the northeastern provinces, considered stronghold of the TRT party, and talking to local people about policies of the deposed administration.

“The CNS will report this to the premier to ask for his permission to allow cooperation from related agencies including the Interior Minister, the Royal Thai Police and the Election Commission,” Sansern was quoted as saying.

CNS to prosecute Chaturon for visiting Issan

Council for National Security (CNS) will prosecute Chaturon
Chaisang, acting leader of Thai Rak Thai Party, for violating a ban on
political activities.

Chaturon violated the ban by making a visit to the northeastern provinces to meet with supporters, a CNS spokeswoman said.

The junta decided Tuesday that his trip violated bans on political
activities imposed shortly after the military ousted Thaksin in a
bloodless coup in September, she said.

“He will be prosecuted for disobeying an official order. All of his activities,
including meetings with students and discussions on Thai Rak Thai
policies, are political activities.”

Chaturon has said he informed the junta of his trip last week, but the junta denied he had told them of his travel plans.

The spokeswoman did not say what the penalty would be for violating the ban.

Chaturon took the reins of TRT after the coup as scores of top-level members defected from the once-mighty party.

TRT has enjoyed broad support in northern Thailand, where Thaksin’s
populist policies boosted rural incomes and helped pull farmers out of
poverty. He is planning to visit northern provinces in the near future.

The junta has refused to lift its ban on political activities more than
five months after the coup, even as Thailand is supposed to be
preparing for a referendum on a new constitution and elections later
this year.

All of the country’s major parties have urged
the junta to lift the ban so that they can take part in ongoing talks
on drafting a new constitution.

Coup council moves on acting ex-ruling party leader

BANGKOK, Feb 27 (TNA) – The Council for National Security (CNS) will ask Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont to move against the acting leader of the
former ruling Thai Rak Thai Party who has conducted a local political
campaign by visiting villagers in the rural Northeast.

Spokesman Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the CNS called on the
Surayud government to take action against acting Thai Rak Thai leader
Chaturon Chaisaeng for breached the coup makers orders No. 15 and 27,
which prohibit all political activity.

The orders were issued by the military junta, earlier known as the
Council for Democratic Reform, who staged the coup to depose premier
Thaksin Shinawatra in September.

Mr. Chaturon earlier said he would proceed with his plan to visit
villagers in the North, following those in the Isaan (Northeast)

Meanwhile, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva called on the CNS
to consider lifting those orders as soon as possible because, he said,
politicians would naturally prefer to see their constituents, no matter
if during the campaign season or not.

Such prohibitions, Mr. Abhisit said, would put the government itself
in unnecessary trouble, not the political parties. National security
matters would not be affected if the political bans were lifted, he
said. (TNA)-E008

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