The Election Commission is throwing the book at former Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, seeking criminal charges against chief rival to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha after having already banned him from politics.
The EC on Tuesday also said it would press charges against 15 FFP executives over a 191-million-baht loan from THanatorn that led to the party’s dissolution in by the Constitution Court in February.
The party executives already were banned from politics for 10 years.
The EC will exploit Section 66 of the Political Parties Act, which limits donations to 10 million baht per donor per year.
The offence is punishable by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 100,000 baht or both. The court can also order a ban from political activities for five years.
If the party executives are found guilty of accepting fund from an illegitimate source, they could face three years’ imprisonment and a fine of one million baht.
Many of the former party’s supporters believe it was targeted for dissolution because of its outspoken anti-establishment positions that have been an irritant to the government and the conservative forces in Thai society.
It had been critical of the military for its interference in politics and sought to amend the constitution, drafted under military rule, to make it more democratic.