NLA to discuss impeachment process against ex-foreign minister

The National Legislative Assembly is due on Thursday to discuss impeachment process against former foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul faulted by the National Anti-Corruption Commission for wrongfully issuing a new passport for fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thaksin's Thai passport was revoked after he fled the country and defied his conviction by the Supreme Court's criminal division for political office holders.

Spokesman of the NLA whips, Dr Jate Sirathranont, said that, on March 16, the NLA would hold a hearing on the impeachment case with the NACC opening the case and the accused, Surapong, making the rebuttal.

The assembly will appoint a seven-member panel which will field questions with the NACC and the former foreign minister. The two rival parties will give their closing statements on March 29 and the NLA will vote on the following day to decide on the fate of the ex-minister.

If impeached by the NLA, Mr Surapong will be banished from politics for five years.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)