Thai court accepts complaints against PM, opposition leaders

Thailand's Constitutional Court has accepted complaints against the prime minister and two opposition party leaders in cases that could see them disqualified from office

BANGKOK -- Thailand's Constitutional Court accepted complaints against the prime minister and two opposition party leaders Friday in cases that could disqualify them from office.

The court said it has accepted a complaint against Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sent by 110 members of Parliament who seek his disqualification because he held another government position as junta leader.

The court also said in the statement that it accepted complaints against two leaders of the Future Forward Party, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and Piyabutr Saengkannokul, who are accused of attempting to overthrow the constitutional monarchy.

The court allowed the defendants 15 days to submit their arguments but did not indicate when it would rule.

The courts in Thailand have regularly ruled in favor of the conservative establishment that includes the military.

The Constitutional Court said it would not suspend Prayuth while it considers his case because he does not pose a damaging threat and because the complaint did not seek his suspension.

In May, the court blocked Thanthorn from taking his seat in Parliament after it agreed to consider a case over whether he violated a rule against lawmakers holding shares in media companies.

The court did not suspend 32 members of Parliament in Prayuth's coalition who face similar complaints because it said those cases had not been filed and processed by an investigative committee.

The court said Friday it would rule on Aug. 27 against four former ministers accused by the Election Commission of holding shares in companies that have government concessions.