Court does not allow lawyers to withdraw from Ratchadpisek land case

Saturday, August 16, 2008 by Editor

The Supreme Court Friday refused to allow two lawyers of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Khunying Pojaman Shinawatra to withdraw themselves from the case.

The two lawyers, Khamnuan Chalopatham and Anek Khamchum, reasoned to the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions that their clients no longer wanted to use their service.

The two lawyers also asked the court to dismiss the case on ground that the defendants had fled aboard and were outside the court's jurisdiction.

But the court ordered the two lawyers to continue to represent the couple and refused to dismiss the case.

The court said the two defendants simply forfeited their right to fight the case.

The court also ordered the two lawyers to proceed with presenting testimonies of five defence witnesses to the court as initially scheduled.