Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ex-justice minister challenges Thai military courts

Chaturon Chaisang, a former Thai Justice Minister, has challenged the junta's military courts' exercise of jurisdiction over him. According to this account, his request to have the criminal court review the jurisdiction issue has been granted, but the military court has refused his request that the question also be referred to the Thai Constitutional Court on the ground that there is no written procedure for doing so.
"Narinphong Jinaphak, Chaturon’s lawyer, said it was up to the Criminal Court now to decide if the military court has jurisdiction over Chaturon’s case or not. The trial could resume as early as May if the Criminal Court decides that the case should be handled by the military court. Otherwise, a committee would be set up if a final decision is needed on whether the case should be transferred to the Criminal Court or not."

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