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Murder conviction sees Nawat struck off as MP

Murder conviction sees Nawat struck off as MP

BANGKOK: Pheu Thai Party MP for Khon Kaen Nawat Tohcharoensuk lost his seat immediately as he he was convicted and sentenced to death for murder, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said today (Sept 25).

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 25 September 2019, 06:22PM


Convicted Pheu Thai Party MP Nawat Tohcharoensuk boards the prison truck at Khon Kaen Provincial Court after he was sentenced to death for masterminding a murder, on Tuesday. Photo: Chakkrapan Natanri

Convicted Pheu Thai Party MP Nawat Tohcharoensuk boards the prison truck at Khon Kaen Provincial Court after he was sentenced to death for masterminding a murder, on Tuesday. Photo: Chakkrapan Natanri

The constitution stated clearly that MPs lost their status when convicted of a criminal offence. Therefore, Nawat’s tenure as an MP was automatically voided, even though the appeal process was not finalised, Mr Wissanu said.

The Election Commission would schedule a by-election for his seat, the deputy prime minister said.

Mr Wissanu said the number of list MPs for political parties would not be recalculated because the case did not concern electoral fraud.

The Khon Kaen Provincial Court yesterday sentenced Nawat, Khon Kaen Constituency 7 MP of the opposition-core Pheu Thai Party, to death for masterminding the murder of an assistant chief of the Khon Kaen Provincial Administration Arganisation (PAO, or OrBorJor) in 2013.

The court denied his bail request.

An appeal is automatic in the case of a death sentence.

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Parliament President Chuan Leekpai said today that he had asked parliamentary legal officials to clarify whether Nawat should lose his MP status right away.

Mr Chuan said opinions were split on the issue. The constitution drafters were of the view Nawat had already lost his seat, but some people disagreed.

Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, the Pheu Thai chief strategist, said today that the party would let the law govern the Nawat case.

 

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