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Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin Submits Defense Over Pichit Chuenban Controversy to Constitutional Court

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Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin at Government House. (Photo: Chanat Katanyu)

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has dutifully submitted his defense to the Constitutional Court, following intense scrutiny over the much-debated appointment of Pichit Chuenban as a PM’s Office minister. While Mr. Srettha confirmed that his defense was handed to the court last Friday, he deftly sidestepped discussing the intricate details of his argument when probed by the media.

“It’s more of a clarification. I have the duty to clarify, and I think I’ve covered it all,” Mr. Srettha stated with an air of composure, leaving the press to speculate over the crux of his written defense.

The prime minister faced a looming deadline, needing to submit his defense by Saturday. This urgency followed the Constitutional Court’s decision to entertain a petition calling for his removal—an outgrowth of a controversial cabinet reshuffle that saw Pichit’s contentious appointment. The petition, spearheaded by a faction of caretaker senators, raised questions under Section 170 (4) and (5) of the charter concerning the ethics of cabinet ministers.

Pichit’s background made the waters even murkier. Back in 2008, Pichit faced a six-month prison sentence along with two other colleagues after attempting to bribe Supreme Court officials with a bag containing a staggering 2 million baht. Critics argue this conviction renders him unfit to serve in any cabinet role.

But in a strategic move that raised eyebrows, Pichit resigned just before the court took up the petition, a decision seen by many as an attempt to shield Mr. Srettha from potential legal entanglements. The court, in a Solomonic decision, agreed to hear the case against Mr. Srettha while dismissing the case against Pichit due to his resignation.

As if these political acrobatics weren’t enough, Mr. Srettha remained tight-lipped about other significant political storms set to unfold this month. Among them is the high-stakes dissolution case against the main opposition Move Forward Party (MFP). The Constitutional Court is scheduled to address this dissolution case imminently, having already granted the party the last of three 15-day extensions.

Adding another layer of drama, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is also under the prosecutorial microscope, facing a lese majeste charge. Thaksin is slated to report to prosecutors on June 18, a date that promises to be yet another significant moment in Thailand’s political saga.

As the Constitutional Court gears up to make its decisions, all eyes remain on Government House and the unfolding political theater. What will be the fate of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and the others embroiled in this complex web of political intrigue? All we can do is keep watching and waiting for the gavel to fall.


  1. Jane Doe June 10, 2024

    I can’t believe Pichit Chuenban was even considered for a cabinet role! His past actions clearly show he’s unfit for such a position.

    • political_junkie123 June 10, 2024

      People can change, Jane. Maybe he has atoned for his past mistakes. We shouldn’t hold them against him forever.

      • Jane Doe June 10, 2024

        Sure, people can change, but not in positions of power where ethics are crucial! It’s not a risk we should take.

      • Chris B June 10, 2024

        Political_junkie123, if you believe a 2 million baht bribery attempt can just be overlooked, you’re part of the problem.

    • Sam K. June 10, 2024

      What concerns me more is the way he resigned just when things got heated. It was clearly a strategic move to protect Srettha, and it reeks of political maneuvering.

  2. Ali M. June 10, 2024

    Srettha should be held accountable for his choices. Leaders need to be transparent and accountable to their people, or we fall into a cycle of corruption.

    • Renee P. June 10, 2024

      True, but let’s see what his defense says. We need all the facts before passing judgment.

      • Ali M. June 10, 2024

        That’s fair, Renee. But past actions, like these, create a pattern we can’t ignore.

  3. Jasmine Li June 10, 2024

    It’s disheartening to see the extent of corruption in the government. This situation with Pichit is just the tip of the iceberg.

  4. David R. June 10, 2024

    Why isn’t the opposition doing more to highlight these issues? It feels like everyone is complicit.

    • Lara P. June 10, 2024

      The opposition is dealing with its own turmoil, especially with the MFP dissolution case. They’re spread thin.

    • David R. June 10, 2024

      True, but if they don’t fight hard against corruption now, it will only get worse.

  5. K. Nguyen June 10, 2024

    This is all political theater. These politicians just want to save face, not serve the public.

    • MARY June 10, 2024

      I agree. They’re more interested in preserving their power and alliances than actual governance.

  6. Angela S. June 10, 2024

    I think the court should take a strong stand. If they let Srettha off the hook, it sets a bad precedent.

  7. Harvey June 10, 2024

    The bigger issue is how easily these offenses are swept under the rug. Political accountability in Thailand is severely lacking.

  8. A. Johnson June 10, 2024

    Remember Thaksin’s situation? It’s all connected. Corruption has deep roots here.

    • Sunil P. June 10, 2024

      Absolutely. This isn’t just a one-off event. It’s systemic.

  9. Megan June 10, 2024

    Is the media doing enough to bring these issues to light? Sometimes it feels like they’re not telling us the whole story.

    • Keith T. June 11, 2024

      The media can only do so much. They face their own pressures and limitations. But we need more investigative reporting.

    • Megan June 11, 2024

      You’re right, Keith. It’s a tough battle, but they must keep pushing.

  10. Lee W. June 11, 2024

    Srettha’s evasion of details is concerning. Transparency is crucial, especially in a case like this.

  11. Catherine Y. June 11, 2024

    I’m just waiting for the court’s decision. It will set the tone for the future of political ethics in this country.

  12. Patel June 11, 2024

    Interesting timing for Thaksin’s case. Feels like a distraction from the current debacle.

  13. Michael June 11, 2024

    Political drama in Thailand never ceases to amaze me. It’s like watching a soap opera.

    • Kate L. June 11, 2024

      Except this soap opera affects real lives and the country’s future. It’s frustrating how casually some people take it.

  14. Tony N. June 11, 2024

    How can we expect change when the same people keep getting re-elected? The voters need to demand more from their representatives.

  15. Priya V. June 11, 2024

    The international community should put pressure on Thailand to uphold ethical governance.

    • Marcus B. June 11, 2024

      That’s unlikely to happen. The international community has its own interests and often overlooks such issues.

    • Priya V. June 11, 2024

      True, but it’s still worth a try. Sometimes external pressure can make a difference.

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