How Things Change…By Bangkok Pundit Dec 28, 2008 12:03AM UTC
The Bangkok Post:
The Puea Thai party yesterday lodged a criminal complaint against Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul and his deputy Boonjong Wongtrairat for giving unauthorised orders ahead of the government’s policy statement to parliament.As the Democrat-led administration has yet to deliver its policy statement, orders by the pair were illegal, said Puea Thai MP for Nakhon Ratchasima Somchai Petprasert.Mr Chavarat’s Dec 24 order to allocate responsibilities to his deputies breached Article 145 of the Criminal Code, which involves posing as state officials without proper authorisation, he said.Mr Somchai said the interior minister could not give orders until the Abhisit government makes its policy address.“The government has yet to deliver a policy statement, so he cannot execute an order. And I am not so sure if the government can make its policy address as planned,” he said.Mr Somchai said Mr Boonjong also violated the law when instructing provincial governors in a video conference to monitor the movement of anti-government United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) supporters.The UDD, which is loyal to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, plans to hold a rally at Sanam Luang today and move to parliament to disrupt the policy statement address, which will be delivered tomorrow and Tuesday.Mr Somchai said the deputy interior minister’s order undermined democratic rights and civil liberties.“Do not rave on about exercising power when no policy presentation has been made,” he said.Mr Boonjong said yesterday the Interior Ministry had no plan to block UDD supporters from joining the rally at Sanam Luang. He said he was confident no violence would take place.
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