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Government Never intervenes in Judicial Process, confirms DPM Prawit

Date of Publication: 10 September 2017; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

BANGKOK, 10 September 2017 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Ministry Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has denied an allegation that the government is meddling in the justice system.

In response to harsh criticism by the Pheu Thai Party, Gen Prawit said last week that the government and the National Council for Peace and order (NCPO) have never intervened in the justice system, nor have they ever attempted to manipulate a court's decisions.

Trials and judicial proceedings are carried out in accordance with standard procedures and the rule of law, and thus it is impossible for an outsider to intervene.

The Pheu Thai Party on Thursday issued a statement calling on the government and the NCPO to stop meddling in the judicial process and let court trials proceed without external influence.

The statement was made ahead of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the 2-year rice trial of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra who is now a fugitive. The verdict will be read on September 27th.

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