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Pita Limjaroenrat Challenges Constitutional Court’s Authority in MFP Case: A Call for Justice

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Pita Limjaroenrat, the former leader of the Move Forward Party (MFP), addressed a captivated audience at the party’s headquarters on Sunday to speak about the high-stakes disbandment case the Constitutional Court has taken up. Amid flashing cameras and an air of defiance, Limjaroenrat argued passionately that the court has no authority to dissolve the MFP and that previous rulings about the party’s stance on the lese majeste law are entirely irrelevant to the current proceedings.

With a mix of gravitas and fervor, Pita revealed that he, along with the party’s legal team, meticulously combed through the constitution and found not a single clause granting the Constitutional Court the power to disband a political party or revoke political rights. “It’s not there,” he declared, “We’ve checked and double-checked. This just isn’t within their jurisdiction.”

Lamenting the lack of transparency, Pita contended that the MFP had not been provided with sufficient information to mount an adequate defense against the disbandment allegations. “How can one build a defense without knowing the charges fully?” he questioned, shaking his head incredulously.

The press conference took an interesting turn as Pita referenced a January 31 ruling, wherein the Constitutional Court had warned the MFP to desist from its efforts to amend Section 112 of the Criminal Code, commonly known as the lese majeste law. “That warning was about something that hadn’t even happened yet,” he said with a chuckle. “The ongoing case should focus on what’s already transpired, not hypothetical futures.”

Pita stressed that the dissolution of a political party should be an extreme measure, one reserved only for protecting democracy and addressing urgent issues when no other solutions remain. “Amending Section 112 is something that, if necessary, should be proposed in parliament,” he explained. “No such bill has ever reached parliament, and even if it did, parliament has the power to stop it if it poses a threat to the constitutional monarchy.”

Despite being advised by the Constitutional Court to avoid public commentary on the matter, Pita and the MFP couldn’t stay silent. “Public opinion matters,” he asserted, “especially when our democratic principles are at stake. The silence they ask for could mislead the public more than our words ever could.”

To add context, back in March, the Election Commission (EC) submitted a petition to the court seeking the disbandment of the MFP. This action followed the January ruling where the court interpreted the party’s attempts to revise the lese-majeste law as an intention to undermine the constitutional monarchy. Based on this interpretation, the EC argued that the MFP ran afoul of Section 92 of the organic law on political parties, which permits the court to dissolve any party perceived as a threat to the constitutional monarchy.

Accepted for hearing on April 3, the petition went beyond seeking the party’s disbandment. It also called for revoking the political rights of the MFP’s executives for 10 years, effectively barring them from registering or serving in new political parties. The stakes, as you might guess, are astronomically high.

The proposed reforms by the MFP include stipulations that only the Bureau of the Royal Household can file lese-majeste complaints, a move aimed at curbing the misuse of the law by politicians and authorities to quash dissent. “Right now, anyone can file a complaint and police must investigate it,” Pita elaborated. “This opens the door for abuse and silencing of opposing voices.”

The party also advocates for reducing the sentences tied to lese-majeste convictions, which currently range between three and fifteen years. The current harsh penalties are often used by courts as a reason to deny bail to those awaiting trial or appealing their convictions. “Justice should be fair and proportionate,” Pita argued. “Not a tool for oppression.”

In closing, Pita painted a vivid picture of a democratic society where freedom of speech and fair judicial processes coexist harmoniously. “We’re not asking for anarchy,” he passionately proclaimed. “We’re asking for balance, for reason, and most importantly, for justice.”


  1. Anna W. June 9, 2024

    Pita’s points are compelling! How can the court overstep its boundaries like this?

    • JohnSmith89 June 9, 2024

      Courts have to make tough decisions. Sometimes they have insight that we, the public, don’t.

      • Anna W. June 9, 2024

        But if that insight isn’t transparent, how can we trust the process? Democracy requires transparency.

      • Diana Lopez June 9, 2024

        JohnSmith89, you’re missing the point. The lack of transparency is exactly why people are concerned!

    • Lilly June 9, 2024

      Anna, you’re right. These decisions should reflect democratic principles, not judicial overreach.

  2. Mike R. June 9, 2024

    I disagree with Pita. The lese majeste law is crucial for protecting the monarchy.

    • Samantha June 9, 2024

      Mike, it’s about balance. The law shouldn’t be used to quash dissent and stifle free speech.

      • Mike R. June 9, 2024

        Free speech has limits, especially when it comes to national security and respect for institutions.

    • Tommy G. June 9, 2024

      Pita is advocating for a fair system. The current law is too harsh and rigid.

  3. Jia Ling June 9, 2024

    It’s shocking how the EC wants to bar MFP’s executives for 10 years! That’s political suppression!

    • Derek F. June 9, 2024

      Jia, agreed. It’s an extreme measure that undermines democracy.

      • Mitchell Davis June 9, 2024

        The EC is trying to protect the constitutional monarchy. There’s too much at stake.

    • Lucia M. June 9, 2024

      Derek F., such measures should be last resorts, not first actions taken.

  4. Carlos V. June 9, 2024

    The proposed reforms by the MFP make sense. Reducing the penalties for lese-majeste is just fair.

    • Jessica T. June 9, 2024

      Absolutely, Carlos. The current penalties are draconian.

      • Carlos V. June 9, 2024

        Yes, and it should only be the Royal Household that can file complaints, not just anyone.

  5. Kelly M. June 9, 2024

    Thailand’s political landscape needs a thorough reform. But are we ready for change?

    • Marcus P. June 9, 2024

      Kelly, change is always hard, but necessary for progress.

      • Jonathan L. June 9, 2024

        True, but it needs to be done carefully to avoid instability.

  6. Raj K. June 9, 2024

    Public opinion should never be silenced. Pita is right to speak out.

    • Elena N. June 9, 2024

      Absolutely, Raj! Public discourse is the backbone of democracy.

  7. Lucas June 9, 2024

    The judiciary should not be this powerful. Who holds them accountable?

    • Emily J. June 9, 2024

      Lucas, that’s a good question. Checks and balances are crucial.

  8. David June 9, 2024

    The move to disband the MFP feels like an attack on free speech.

    • George S. June 9, 2024

      David, it’s more complex than that. There’s a lot at play here.

  9. Oliver June 9, 2024

    Pita’s stance on transparency is vital. How can a fair trial occur without it?

  10. Isabella June 9, 2024

    Revoking political rights for 10 years? That’s ridiculous and anti-democratic.

  11. Noah L. June 9, 2024

    If the MFP’s goals are so problematic, why not let parliament decide the matter?

  12. Sophia June 9, 2024

    Lese-majeste law needs reform. It’s archaic and open to abuse.

  13. Matthew June 9, 2024

    Pita’s argument about hypothetical versus real events is sharp. The court’s using future possibilities to justify current actions seems wrong.

  14. Maddie H. June 9, 2024

    I find it interesting that other parties aren’t more vocal about this issue.

    • Ben J. June 9, 2024

      Maddie, they might be playing it safe, not wanting to attract negative attention.

  15. William June 9, 2024

    Justice should not be a tool for oppression. Pita’s vision of a balanced society is something we should aim for.

    • Joseph M. June 9, 2024

      Amen to that, William! Balance is key to a healthy democracy.

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