Court rejects Pradech’s petition

3 September 2002

BANGKOK – The Administrative Court last week rejected former tourism governor Pradech Phayakvichien’s petition for reinstatement against the Prime Minister’s Office Minister Somsak Thepsuthin and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, following his dismissal from the post in June, and subsequent transfer to an inactive post.

The court claimed the complaint was beyond its scope or authority and said Pradech should take up his case with the Labour Court as the case involved a conflict between himself – as a member of staff – and his employers.

Pradech took legal action earlier this month against Somsak and the TAT after he was seconded to an inactive advisory post.

The former governor was removed from his post, despite a six-month investigation which found he had violated no law or regulation in holding a small number of shares with a company contracted by the TAT.

Pradech could not be reached for immediate comment.

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