Surapong impeached by NLA

The National Legislative Assembly late today voted 231 against 4 to impeach Pheu Thai’s former foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul.

Three members of the NLA abstained the votes.

Surapong was accused by the National Anti-Corruption Commission of malfeasance for reissuing two cancelled passports to ousted ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

After the voting today, the NLA will notify Surapong of the impeachment, and the NACC to pursue legal charges against him.

Thaksin’s two passports were revoked during the Abhisit government, but Surapong returned them to him � arguing Thaksin was not a threat to the country as claimed.

The two passports were issued for Thaksin Shinawatra when Surapong Tovichakchaikul held a position of foreign minister under the government of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and were revoked by Foreign Affairs Ministry on 26 May 2015 which were deemed a threat to the national security, and damaging dignity of the country.

Thaksin has been living in exile since 2008 after fleeing the country following a court ruling against him for abusing his power to benefit his family in the Ratchda land deal controversy.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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