Friday, 31 March 2017

THAILAND: Revoked Passports To Be Returned To Chaturon, Court Orders

The Central Administrative Court on Friday revoked an order by the Department of Consular Affairs director general to cancel the passports of senior Pheu Thai Party politician Chaturon Chaisang on grounds that the order was unlawful and discriminatory.

The verdict has a retrospective effect to the day the order was issued, August 19, 2015, according to a court statement released Friday.

Chaturon had three passports – two ordinary and one diplomatic – before the revocation. He had served in several Cabinet posts including deputy prime minister, justice minister and education minister.

The revocation of passports in 2015 was made at the request of Royal Thai Police that reasoned that Chaturon criticised the performance of the Prayut Administration as well as of the National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO).

Police said he also resisted an NCPO order for him to report over allegations that he instigated chaos and violated laws after attending a political seminar at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand.