Thailand’s Constitution Court is scheduled to read its ruling regarding three prominent pro-democracy leaders around whether they exercised their liberties to allegedly overthrow the highest institution tomorrow, November 10th.
According to the Court’s announcement, the ruling will be acted out following the petition filed by Nattaporn Toprayoon, demanding the Court to rule if three pro-democracy activists, namely Arnon Nampa, Panupong “Mike” Jadnok, and Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, have violated Section 49 of the Thai Constitution when giving speeches at a political gathering at Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus on August 10th.
The Section states that no person shall exercise their rights or liberties to overthrow the democratic regime of the government with the King as Head of State.
TPN Media notes that, according to legal scholar Assoc. Prof. Jade Donavanik, Section 49 is not related to the royal-family-related Criminal Code (Section 112, Section 113, Section 116) and did not state severe penalties as the law only allows the Constitutional Court to order the cessation of such action. However, it is possible that the Constitutional Court may rule exceptional penalties tomorrow.
The ruling will be carried out on Wednesday afternoon at the Constitutional Court in Chaengwattana Road. Meanwhile, the Office Constitutional Court also provides free areas for the press and those who are interested to gather for the decision reading under the tight security of the officials.
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