Jatuporn denied right to vote
From Bangkok Post
- Published: 28/06/2011 at 05:44 PM
- Online news:
The Criminal Court on Tuesday turned down an application to allow Jatuporn Prompan to temporarily leave the prison to vote on July 3.
The petition was submitted earlier today by United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) lawyer Winyat Chartmontree.
Mr Jatuporn, the No 8 Pheu Thai party list candidate, is being detained at the Bangkok Remand Prison on charges of terrorism in connection with last year’s violent UDD protests. His bail was revoked after he addressed a red-shirt meeting in Bangkok. The court ruled his comments breached bail conditions.
The court said today that the charges against Mr Jatuporn are serious and there is sufficient reason to believe that he could again cause unrest in the country if allowed out of prison to vote.
Election commissioner Sodsri Sattayatham said earlier today that Mr Jatuporn might be disqualified if elected, if he was not allowed out of prison by the court to vote.
The law denies people in prison the right to vote. A person who cannot vote cannot be sworn in as an MP.