Thai Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan ordered suspended following land encroachment allegations in the Khao Yai National Park

Bangkok –

Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan Vilawan was suspended by the Thai Supreme Court on Friday, August 26th, following land encroachment allegations in the Khao Yai National Park, Prachin Buri province.

According to a petition filed in 2002, Kanokwan and her father, Sunthorn, a mayor of the Prachin Buri provincial administrative organization (PAO) at the time, were accused of unlawfully owning three plots of preserved land in the National Park since 1990. The grounds were still occupied by the objectors as of today when Kanokwan became the Deputy Education Minister.

The Court has ruled for the suspension of Kanokwan as the Deputy Minister to perform her duties until the case verdict was conducted. She was ordered to vacate the office and the right to run an election and to vote for a period of not more than ten years.

The first hearing will be held on October 5th at 9:30 AM. In the meantime, the objector could file an objection within 14 days after receiving the copy of the petition from the petitioner.

We note this is the second suspension this week in Thai politics, the other by the Constitutional Court, Prime Minister Prayut Chan O’Cha. 


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.