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Karun should foot bill for fight to replace him

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The flying-kick man deserved to be floored by the Supreme Court. But Karun Hongsakul's patch is still a difficult one for the Democrats to crack, even as the man himself is forced to watch the by-election for his old seat in Don Muang from the sidelines. 

The court's Election Cases Division delivered a knockout punch to Mr Karun on Thursday by ending his status as an MP and slapping him with a long break from politics _ five years _ as the price to pay for making false accusations against and defaming his main Democrat rival before the July 3, 2011, general election in Don Muang.

There can be no sympathy for him. In fact, Mr Karun should have been given his marching orders from parliament long before this. His flying kick on the floor of the House on April 2, 2008 _ aimed at then-Democrat Party MP Somkiat Pongpaibul _ should have seen him disqualified as a lawmaker. He made himself well known to the public on that infamous day and the kick has marked him ever since.

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