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The Minister of Thai Courts may keep his job despite the alleged connection to heroin trafficking



The ruling said Thammanat Prompao, deputy agriculture minister and power broker in Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s ruling coalition, had not violated the constitution because he had not been convicted by a Thai court.

“Although Thammanat received a decision, it was from a court in New South Wales, Australia … but not a decision from a Thai court and therefore it is not forbidden to hold office on the basis of the constitution,” the ruling said.

Thammanat dismissed reports from two Australian newspapers, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, that he had been imprisoned there for four years on drug charges. Newspapers have stood behind their stories.

In a ruling on the appeal of 51

opposition politicians, the Thai court said it had asked parliament and the foreign ministry for evidence of the conviction, including Australian court rulings in 1994 and 1995 that had not been sent.

Thammanat said he was caught with flour, not heroin. However, he admitted that he had been convicted of an unspecified minor crime in Australia.

Thammanat participated in the formation of the coalition led by Prayuth after the 2019 elections, which saw him as prime minister, five years after he led a military coup against an elected government.

Opposition parties said the election rules were written to ensure victory for Prayuth’s party, which he rejected.

Since then, Prayuth has consolidated power, aided by the disqualification of the Constitutional Court of the opposition Future Forward party, a decision that sparked months of youth-led protests demanding his resignation and reform of the Thai monarchy.


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