The Supreme Court has permanently revoked political rights of Pannika Wanich, the former spokesperson of the now-defunct Future Forward Party, retaining only her right to vote.
The decision stemmed from the case where conservative activist Srisuwan Janya filed a complaint about Pannika's post in her student days that criticised the monarchy, deeming it a violation of political ethics and the duty of Thai citizens to protect the monarchy.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court's website announced the verdict of Pannika's case in which Srisuwan filed a complaint to with the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to investigate the alleged violation of political ethics, citing the old Facebook posts dating back to Pannika's student days, which contained photos and text critical of the monarchy.
The court's website states that the judges delivered a verdict in Pannika's cases, which was filed by the NACC. The verdict concluded that after Pannika, the respondent, was elected as a member of parliament, she did not remove the post, demonstrating a lack of respect for the monarchy, signifying a lack of commitment to constitutional monarchy principles and failure to safeguard the institution.
The court has determined that Pannika's actions seriously violated ethical standards outlined in the Constitution, and therefore decided to have her right to run for election permanently revoked, including the right to hold any political office.
However, the court has determined that Pannika did not violate the principle of upholding and respecting the democratic system with the monarchy as the head of state. Consequently, her voting rights have not been revoked at this time.
Meanwhile, in a Twitter post, Pannika stated that despite the court's decision to permanently disqualify her from running for or holding any political offices, she will continue her current political work, including her role as a campaigner for the Move Forward Party in future elections.
"We have come this far. [we] won't stop until we reach the goal. Where we stand and our specific positions are not of great significance. What truly matters is how far our country can progress," she wrote.