The 41 MPs were all called out by the Future Forward Party via House Speaker Chuan Leekpai. It was brought to the court’s attention that the 41 individuals may have engaged in stock trades concerned with media businesses in violation of their roles as MPs. Of the 41, 26 are from the Palang Pracharat Party, 11 are from the Democrat Party and one MP each was named from in the Bhumjaithai Party, the Action Coalition for Thailand (ACT) Party, the Chart Pattana Party and the People’s Progressive Party.
The Constitution Court accepted only 32 out of the 41 cases, saying there was no evidence in Ministry of Commerce records to support claims against nine of the MPs.
From the Palang Pracharat Party, the court is looking into cases involving Sastra Sripan, Surasak Chingnawan, Prim Pulcharoen, Parina Kraikup Chaiwuthi Thanakamanusorn and Chakkaphan Pornimit. From the Democrat Party, Korn Chatikavanij, Pramual Pongtawaradej and Akkradech Wongpitakroj are being investigated.
The 32 legislators have been allowed to continue their duties in Parliament while the charter court considers accusations against them. It explained that Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s suspension from duty was based on inspections already undertaken by the Election Commission (EC), which uncovered clear evidence he had apparently engaged in suspicious activity involving media stocks.