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Pheu Thai has asked the Election Commission to investigate those behind an alleged smear campaign against its No.1 list candidate Yingluck Shinawatra. 

Kaewsun Atibhodhi, a former member of the disbanded Assets ScrutinyCommittee, left, and Tul Sitthisomwong,leader of the anti-red shirt Network of Citizen Volunteers Protecting the Land. THITI WANNAMONTHA

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Pheu Thai claims smear plot

EC urged to investigate those targeting Yingluck

Mongkol Bangprapa and Aekarach Sattaburuth

Pheu Thai has asked the Election Commission to investigate those behind an alleged smear campaign against its No.1 list candidate Yingluck Shinawatra.

Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit yesterday lodged a complaint with the poll agency, accusing Kaewsun Atibhodhi and Tul Sitthisomwong of breaching election law.

They are spearheading a campaign seeking legal action against Ms Yingluck over her role in the asset seizure case against ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, her elder brother.

The Supreme Court ruled in February last year that Thaksin and his ex-wife Khunying Potjaman na Pombejra concealed their Shin Corp shares and controlled the shares through proxies – their adult children and other relatives including Ms Yingluck, who held 20 million shares on Thaksin's behalf. Ms Yingluck gave testimony for the defence.

Ms Yingluck told the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions in Thaksin's 46-billion-baht seizure case that she bought 20 million baht of Shin Corp shares from her brother. At the time she did not have enough money so they drew up a loan contract so it was clear she was not acting as his proxy.

But the court ruled Ms Yingluck held the 20 million baht in shares on Thaksin's behalf, which her critics interpret to mean that she perjured herself.

Mr Prompong said politicians are pulling the strings behind the campaign and urged the EC to take action before voters go to the polls next month.

"These people are the regulars [against Pheu Thai]. Mr Tul is a leader of the multi-coloured group, who tend to support the Democrats. Now he is discrediting Ms Yingluck," he said.

Mr Kaewsun is a former member of the disbanded Assets Scrutiny Committee (ASC) which was set up following the 2006 coup. Mr Tul is the leader of the anti-red shirt Network of Citizen Volunteers Protecting the Land.

According to their 16-page document which urges the public to sign up and support legal action against Ms Yingluck, Mr Kaewsun and Mr Tul claimed the July 3 election is "no ordinary" poll for Pheu Thai.

They noted that Ms Yingluck is being used as a pawn in a scheme to whitewash Thaksin and reinstate him to power.

They are seeking to have Ms Yingluck prosecuted for alleged perjury related to the asset seizure case against Thaksin.

Asked if red shirts who interrupted Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva's campaign should face a similar probe, Mr Prompong said there had been some inquiries into the incidents and some of those involved are imposters.

"I would never agree if red shirts did what Mr Kaewsun and Mr Tul are doing. And as far as I am concerned, I don't think red shirts have crossed the line," he said.

Ms Yingluck said no legal action would be sought against Mr Kaewsun and Mr Tul for the time being, even though she has asked the party's legal team to look into the matter.

She said that she would focus on the campaign and what the party has to offer. "I knew what kind of pressure was waiting when I decided to enter politics. I'll do my part and leave the rest to the legal process," she said.

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 )
network – a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. เครือข่าย
volunteer – someone who is not paid for the work that they do อาสาสมัคร
smear – to try to damage someone’s reputation by telling lies about them ทำให้เสื่อมเสีย, ทำให้เสียชื่อ
plot – a secret plan to do something bad, made by two or more people แผนการณ์
urge – to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
target – to direct something at someone or something ตั้งเป็นเป้าหมาย
Election Commission – the independent government agency that oversees elections คณะกรรมการเลือกตั้ง
alleged – claimed to be true although not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
campaign – a series of actions intended to produce political or social change การรณรงค์
(party) list – a system that gives each party in an election a number of seats in relation to the number of votes its candidates receive ระบบสัดส่วน, ระบบปาร์ตี้ลิสต์
candidate – a person who is trying to be elected ผู้สมัครรับเลือกตั้ง
lodge – to formally make something such as a complaint or a claim  ยื่น (คำร้อง)
poll – an election การเลือกตั้ง
breach – to fail to follow a law or rule ละเมิดกฎข้อบังคับ
spearhead – to begin an activity or lead an attack against somebody/something นำหน้า
legal – relating to the law or lawyers เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
role – the purpose or influence of someone or something in a particular situation บทบาท
assets seizure – officially taking away things own by a person or organisation, e.g., money, equipment, property, etc. การยึดหรืออายัดทรัพย์สิน
ousted – forced out of a position of power ขับออกจากอำนาจ
elder – older ที่แก่กว่า
rule – (of a court or other group with similar authority) to make and announce a decision ตัดสิน, พิพากษา, ชี้ขาด
conceal – to hide something  ซุก ซ่อน
share – any of the units of equal value into which a company is divided and sold to raise money. People who own shares receive part of the company's profits หุ้น
proxy – a person or company who acts for another person or company ตัวแทน
adult – a fully grown person who is legally responsible for their actions  ผู้ใหญ่
relative – a member of your family ญาติพี่น้อง
on behalf – as a representative of ในนามของ ในฐานะของ
testimony – a formal statement about something that you say, know or experienced, usually given to a court of law คำให้การ
defence – the people in a court case who try to prove that someone is not guilty การเป็นทนายให้
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
loan – an amount of money that a person, business, or country borrows, especially from a bank เงินกู้
critics – people who don’t like something and who state their opinion about it  นักวิจารณ์
interpret – to decide what the intended meaning of something is ตีความ
perjure – to tell a lie in court after you have sworn to tell the truth ให้การเท็จ
pull strings – to control a situation, especially secretly จัดการเพื่อหวังผลอย่างใดอย่างหนึ่ง
go to the polls – to go to the polling station to vote ไปลงคะแนน, ไปเลือกตั้ง, ไปออกเสียงเลือกตั้ง
regular – a person who often takes part in the same activity
tend – to be likely to behave in a particular way or have a particular characteristic มักจะ
coup (d’etat) – the seizure of power in a country by a group of people, usually members of the armed forces รัฐประหาร
document – a paper or set of papers with written or printed information, especially of an official type  เอกสาร
pawn – a person or group whose actions are controlled by more powerful people คนถูกเอาเปรียบ
scheme – a plan for achieving something, especially something illegal or dishonest แผนการ (ที่มีท่าว่าจะผิดกฎหมาย)
whitewash – to try to stop people from discovering the true facts about something, in order to prevent someone in authority from being criticised ปกปิดสิ่งไม่ดี
reinstate – to cause something to exist again นำกลับมาใช้อีก
prosecute – to official accuse someone of a crime and to try to prove them guilty in a court of law ดำเนินคดี ฟ้องร้อง ซักฟอก
interrupt – to say or do something that makes somebody stop what they are saying or doing ขัดจังหว
probe – an inquiry – an official examination of a crime, accident, problem, etc., in order to get information or the truth การไต่สวน
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
imposter – someone or something pretending to be someone or something else, in order to trick people นักต้ม
for the time being – for the present time, but probably not for a long time พลาง
issue – matter; a subject that people discuss or argue about  ประเด็น
campaign – a planned series of activities designed to persuade voters to vote for a particular candidate or political party การรณรงค์หาสียง
process – a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result  กระบวน,  แนวทางปฏิบัติ

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