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EC: Panich is still MP

Panich Vikitsreth of the Democrat Party is
still an MP although he has been arrested and now under a judicial
process in Cambodia, Election Commission member Sodsri Sattayatham said
on Wednesday.
Mrs Sodsri said according to the Thai constitution, an MP stands to
lose his parliamentary status if he or she is found guilty by a court
of four different types – a court of justice, a military court, the
Administrative Court, or the Constitution Court.
Since Mr Panich has been charged in a Cambodian court, an
interpretation would be required whether it is within the jurisdiction
of the Thai law, if he is found guilty.
Although the Council of State once ruled that a court in a foreign
country could be regarded as a court under the Thai law, but that
ruling was made many years back.
In Mr Panich’s case, an interpretation by the Council of State would still be required, Mrs Sodsri said.
However, a complaint has not yet been filed to seek a ruling on Mr Panich’s status as a member of parliament.
She said the complaint may be filed with either the EC or the House of Representatives.
Bangkok Post
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