Verdict on ex-EC members postponed
- Published: 7/05/2013 at 01:23 PM
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The reading of the Supreme Court's verdict on Pol Gen Wassana Permlarp and two other former members of the Election Commission on charges of holding a fraudulent election in 2006, initially scheduled for today, has been postponed to June 13.
There were initially six defendants in this case, which was filed by Democrat Party deputy leader Thavorn Senneam.
They were the Election Commission, former EC chairman Pol Gen Wassana Permlarp, former EC members Prinya Nakchattree, Veerachai Naewboonnian and Gen Jarupat Ruangsuwan, and former EC secretary-general Pol Maj-Gen Ekachai Warunprapa.
In the lawsuit, the defendants were accused of abuse of power by illegally calling a new round of polling on April 23, 2006 in 38 constituencies of 15 provinces to enable Thai Rak Thai candidates to run with at least one competitor in their constituency.
A candidate standing unchallenged in a constituency must get the votes of least 20% of all eligible voters in order to be elected.
The new round of elections on April 23, 2006 was called after the Democrat Party boycotted the April 2, 2006 election, leaving Thai Rak Thai candidates without competitors in many constituencies.
The Criminal Court on July 25, 2006 sentenced Wassana, Prinya and Veerachai to four years in prison without suspension and stripped them of their electoral rights for 10 years. The other defendants were acquitted.
The Appeals Court later upheld the Criminal Court's verdict. The three them took their case to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court set May 7 to read the verdict. Only Wassana appeared at the court.
The lawyer for Prinya requested the court postpone the reading of the verdict, presenting a doctor's certificate testifying that his client underwent a bladder operation on May 6 and was still under treatment at Phra Mongkut Hospital.
The court postponed the reading of the verdict to June 13 at 9am.
Veerachai, the other defendant, died on Aug 21 last year.
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