“The court dismiss all the petitions,” said Nurak Marpraneet, one of eight judges at the Bangkok court, which had been surrounded by security forces in anticipation of the ruling.
The court found that complaints against plans by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s (above) party to amend the constitution – drawn up under the military junta that deposed her divisive brother Thaksin – were unfounded.
The opposition Democrats, which were swept out of power in a landslide election win for Yingluck last year, alleged that the efforts to amend the constitution signalled a threat to the deeply-revered monarchy.
“There are not sufficient facts to convince the court that the defendants are trying to overthrow the constitutional monarchy,” said Nurak, adding that a drafting assembly had yet to be elected.
Hundreds of police officers surrounded the court building in the hours leading up to the decision, amid concerns that a ruling against Yingluck’s Puea Thai party could rip open the kingdom’s bitter political divisions.