Lawyer to ask Thai gov't not to freeze "red-shirt" candidate's bank A/C

19:20, June 30, 2010      

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Kharom Polthaklang, a lawyer of the "red-shirt" movement, said Wednesday he will ask the Center for Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES) to unfreeze a bank account of opposition Pheu Thai Party (PT) candidate Korkaew Pikultong, the Nation online reported.

Korkaew needs to withdraw his money to spend for an election campaign in the July 25 by-election, Kharom explained.

Kharom was speaking to reporters after he took Bangkok Bank PCL (BBL) officials to meet with Korkaew at the Bangkok Remand Prison in capital Bangkok so that Kokaew could open a new account.

Kokaew opened a 1.5 million baht (46,267.5 U.S. dollars) account with the Bangkok Bank Rajawat branch.

Kokaew, an anti-government "red-shirt" leader, who is currently in jail in the Bangkok Remand Prison as a terrorism suspect in connection with the recent "red-shirt" protests in central Bangkok, has applied to run in the July 25 by-election.

On June 15, the weekly cabinet meeting approved the July 25 by- election for the Bangkok Constituency 6 as per a proposal of the country's Election Commission (EC).

The by-election is planned to fill the vacant House seat left by ruling Democrat MP Tiva Ngernyuang, who passed away recently.

The Bangkok Constituency 6 covers three districts: Bong Chok, Khlong Samwa, and Bueng Kum District.



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