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06BANGKOK5939 LIFE BEFORE THE COUP – EC COURT VERDICT

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/26/2016

TAGS: PGOV, PHUM, TH

SUBJECT: LIFE BEFORE THE COUP – EC COURT VERDICT

 

REF: BANGKOK 4490 (COURT CONVICTS ELECTION

 

COMMISSIONERS)

 

Classified By: Political Counselor Susan M. Sutton, Reasons 1.4 (B,D)

 

1. (U) Days before the coup, the Criminal Court found the

three former Election Commissioners (EC) guilty of electoral

law violations during their oversight of the annulled April 2

elections. Specifically, the court ruled on September 15

that the Commissioners purposefully stalled action on the

Democrat Party\’s allegation that Prime Minister Thaksin\’s

Thai-Rak-Thai Party (TRT) bankrolled small parties to

participate in that election. Each received two-year jail

sentences plus a ten-year revocation of voting rights, and

each was released on bail for 120,000 baht (USD 3250) pending

appeal within thirty days. This is the second guilty verdict

rendered against the former EC (reftel).

 

2. (C) While the first verdict has been appealed by all

three individuals, court officials could not confirm whether

appeals have been filed for the second verdict. They could

only confirm that both cases remain ongoing in the judiciary

and commented that the coup does not affect either of the

cases.

 

3. (C) Comment: The coup has put \”on hold\” various court

cases from both pro- and anti-Thaksin factions. This verdict

is worth noting now for two reasons: first, it provides

further corroboration for the argument that the April

election was seriously flawed, and that the Election

Commissioners were not acting impartially. Second, the

court\’s verdict also shows that there was some progress being

made, within the framework of the 1997 Constitution and Thai

law, in pushing back against Thaksin\’s control. End comment.

BOYCE

 

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Written by thaicables

July 13, 2011 at 6:08 am

Posted in Confidential, Coup 2006

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