Court cancels illegitimate order of the Foreign Ministry

The Central Administrative Court today cancelled the Foreign Ministry’s order that revoked the passport of a former Pheu Thai party leader Chaturon Chaisang with reason that the order is illegitimate.

The ruling by the Central Administrative Court came after Chaturon filed a petition to the court in March last year arguing the ministry’s order cancelling his passport is illegitimate and a gross violation of the law.

He named the Foreign Ministry, the Consular Affairs Department, the foreign minister, the permanent secretary, director-general of Consular Affairs Department, the Royal Thai Police and it’s commissioner as defendants in his petition to the court.

Chaturon said in his petition that the cancellation of his passport book No AA5523514 Lor Vor with claim that he is among persons on the arrest warrants listing and is banned to leave the country, is illegitimate and gross violation of the law.

In today’s hearing of the court’s judgement, the court said although Chaturon was banned to leave the country unless permission is sought from the military junta on a case by case basis, he had been granted permission to leave the country for several times and return to the country every time he went.

This indicated that Chaturon had complied strictly with the conditions laid down by the military in going abroad, the court said.

It went on reasoning that the ministry’s order to cancel his passport is therefore illegitimate.

The court then ordered the cancellation of the ministry’s order.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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