Activist questions constitutionality of govt’s purchases of submarines, trainer jets

Srisuwan Janya, secretary-general of the Association for the Protection of the Constitution, on Thursday (July 20) filed a petition with the Constitutional Court, asking it to rule on the constitutionality of the government's purchases of three submarines worth 36 billion baht from China and eight T-50 trainer jets from South Korea.

Mr Srisuwan, a political activist, said he doubted whether the purchases contravened or contradicted with Sections 52, 54, 55, 56 and 62 of the constitution.

He said the government should not cite national security to justify the purchases but overlook the economic problems endured by the people.

The activist said for observation that three years after the coup by the National Council for Peace and Order, the public debt had risen to 6.6 trillion baht, or about three times of the annual budget.

He said the national budget, which is already limited, should be used for solving other problems instead of shopping weapons because the country is not in a war situation.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)