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Supreme Court to hear vote fraud case


March 21, 2008

Supreme Court to hear vote fraud case

YongyuthThailand’s Supreme Court agreed on Thursday to hear a vote fraud case against House Speaker Yongyuth Tiyapairat, a key member of the ruling People Power Party, and ordered Yongyuth to and his younger sister La-ong Tiyapairat, another MP from the same party to receive copies of the litigation documents within seven days.

According to the election law, Yongyuth must suspend his duties both as an MP and the House speaker until the Supreme Court rules otherwise.

Should the Election Commission’s (EC) decision receive endorsement from the court, Yongyuth will be disqualified from the House and banned from politics for five years.

The conviction of a party executive may, as imposed by the law, also lead to a dissolution of the party. Since Mr. Yongyuth is concurrently a PPP executive, his conviction might put the fate of the ruling party, as well as the coalition government, in jeopardy. 

Yongyuth, a close aide of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was accused of bribing local officials to seek votes for him in the December 2007 general election. The PPP won the highest seats in the election and spearheaded in the formation of the six-party coalition government.

Three of the five members of the EC recently ruled that he was guilty of electoral wrongdoing and disqualified him from the House membership. The decision was later forwarded to the Supreme Court for endorsement.

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