Politicians are warned that they will face harsher penalties, including death, under the charter-mandated organic laws being drafted if they try to topple constitutional monarchy system of administration or engage in the trading of political portfolios for profits.
Constitution Drafting Committee chairman Meechai Ruchupan said Wednesday that, in accordance with draft political party bill, political parties can be dissolved for three reasons: accepting fund or using power to topple constitutional monarchy; receiving funding from abroad; and trading in political posts.
Regarding party dissolution cases, public prosecutors are entrusted to proceed with the cases to the Constitutional Court which will rule the cases. If the prosecutors do not take the cases to the court, individual complainants can take the cases to the court themselves.
Under the draft law, Meechai said, in party dissolution cases, only the offenders will face punishment such as political ban for life, party executives who were not involved will be spared the axe.
He said trading in political posts is tantamount to toppling the constitutional monarchy system of administration and, hence, those who are engaged in this malpractice will face harsh penalties, including death.
However, the CDC chairman said the CDC would hear feedbacks from members of the public about the harsh penalties whether they accept them or not.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)