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Away from the friendly crowds that have greeted Yingluck wherever she goes, her critics are becoming more than a little annoying. 

Well-wishers hand rose bouquets to Yingluck Shinawatra, Pheu Thai candidate for prime minister, at the party’s first campaign rally in Bangkok at Lumpini Park recently. PATIPAT JANTHONG

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Thaksin case dogs Yingluck

Perjury alleged during the seizure of B46bn

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Pheu Thai's likely candidate for prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is being attacked from all sides over her brother Thaksin's 46 billion baht assets seizure case with less than a month to the election.

A former member of the coup-appointed assets probe panel, an anti-red shirt group, the Democrat Party and the army have all raised questions over Ms Yingluck's role in the case.

Kaewsun Atibhodhi, a former member of the disbanded Assets Scrutiny Committee (ASC), said Monday he will launch a signature campaign at Thammasat University on June 18 to ask people to file complaints against Ms Yingluck over charges of perjury related to the case.

He said Ms Yingluck could face three charges of perjury over the testimony she gave to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the ASC and the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions regarding former prime minister Thaksin's assets.

The court seized 46.37 billion baht, part of the 76.6-billion-baht the Shinawatra family gained from selling their stake in Shin Corp to Temasek Holdings, and the share dividends.

The court said Thaksin controlled the shares through his adult children and other relatives.

The court also mentioned Ms Yingluck was among the proxies and that she held 20 million baht in shares on Thaksin's behalf.

Mr Kaewsun said Pheu Thai is making it clear that the party is determined to secure victory in the election so that it could give amnesty to Thaksin.

"We must stop Pheu Thai from exploiting the election to justify the move to clear Thaksin's name," Mr Kaewsun said.

The Network of Citizen Volunteers Protecting the Land, an anti-red shirt group led by Tul Sitthisomwong, met the Department of Special Investigation's chief Tharit Pengdit on Friday to ask the DSI to check into the allegations against Ms Yingluck.

The group will lodge a complaint against Ms Yingluck on June21.

Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij, from the Democrat Party, said the authority to handle the share transfer case rests with the SEC.

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bouquet – a collection of flowers, cut and tied together in an attractive way ช่อดอกไม้
candidate – a person who is trying to be elected ผู้สมัครรับเลือกตั้ง
campaign – a planned series of activities designed to persuade voters to vote for a particular candidate or political party การรณรงค์หาสียง
rally – a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something การชุมนุม
dog – to cause trouble for someone, especially for a long time รบกวน
perjury – the crime of telling a lie in court or to an official investigation การให้การเป็นพยานเท็จ
alleged – claimed to be true although not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
assets – things owned by a person, company etc., particularly money and property ทรัพย์สิน
(assets) seizure – officially taking away things own by a person or organisation, e.g., money, equipment, property, etc. การยึดหรืออายัดทรัพย์สิน
likely – probable or expected น่าจะเป็นไปได้
coup (d’etat) – the seizure of power in a country by a group of people, usually members of the armed forces รัฐประหาร
probe – an investigation  การสอบสวน
panel – a group of people who make decisions or judgments คณะกรรมการ
role – the purpose or influence of someone or something in a particular situation บทบาท
disbanded – (of a group) dissolved; ended; stopped working together ถูกยุบ
Assets Scrutiny Committee – a committee set up after the 2007 coup to investigate wealth obtained illegally by politicians คตส. (คณะกรรมการตรวจสอบการกระทำที่ก่อให้เกิดความเสียหายต่อรัฐ )
launch – an event to celebrate or introduce something new การเริ่มปฏิบัติการ, การออกตัวของสินค้า
signature –a person name written in a special way by the person ลายมือชื่อ
campaign – a series of actions intended to produce political or social change การรณรงค์
file a complaint – to lodge a complaint; to make an official statement that someone has done something wrong ยื่นคำร้อง
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อหา
testimony – a formal statement about something that you say, know or experienced, usually given to a court of law or other investigating body คำให้การ
Securities and Exchange Commission – the government agency, under the Finance Ministry which oversees and regulates Thailand’s capital markets.  คณะกรรมการกำกับหลักทรัพย์และตลาดหลักทรัพย์
Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions – a trial court in a case where the Prime Minister, a minister, member of the House of Representatives, senator or other political official is accused of becoming unusually wealthy, committing crimes with in office, performing duties dishonestly, or being corrupted according to other laws.  ศาลฎีกา แผนกคดีอาญาของผู้ดำรงตำแหน่งทางการเมือง
stake – a share or a financial involvement in something such as a business ส่วนได้เสีย
dividend – a share of the profits of a company, paid once or twice a year to the people who own the company’s shares เงินปันผล
adult – a fully grown person who is legally responsible for their actions  ผู้ใหญ่
relative – a member of your family ญาติพี่น้อง
proxy – a person or company who acts for another person or company ตัวแทน
on behalf of – as a representative of ในนามของ ในฐานะของ
determined – wanting to do something very much and not letting anyone or any difficulties stop you ตั้งใจจริง, ซึ่งมุ่งมั่น
secure – to get or achieve something important เพื่อเป็นประกันว่า
amnesty – a situation in which a government agrees not to punish people who have committed a crime การนิรโทษกรรม
exploit – to use for your own benefit หาประโยชน์จาก
justify – to show that there is good reason for something แสดงเหตุผลที่ดีพอ
volunteer – someone who is not paid for the work that they do อาสาสมัคร
(DSI) Department of Special Investigation – a police department investigating serious crimes involving influential people, organised crime, or crimes using highly sophisticated technology กรมสอบสวนคดีพิเศษ
allegation – an accusation; a statement that someone has done something wrong or illegal even though this has not been proved ข้อกล่าวหา
authority – power อำนาจ

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