Thai opposition reveals clips accusing ruling party's MP of lobbying court

08:37, October 18, 2010      

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Thai opposition Puea Thai Party spokesman on Sunday showed a video clip claiming a ruling Democrat Party MP was negotiating with Constitution Court President's secretary-general over the Democrats dissolution case.

The clip is a second one of overall five clips claiming that a ruling Democrat executive committee and MP for southern Ranong province Virach Romyen lobbied the Constitution Court to prevent the party being dissolved.

The opposition party spokesman said the clip showed three people talking about the Democrat dissolution case and Constitution Court President's secretary-general and Virach were two of them.

Puea Thai spokesman said the discussion made reference to Democrat Party chief and defence lawyer team leader Chuan Leekpai and senior court officials.

"During the talk, there were attempts to bring the Election Commission chairman [Apichart Sukhagganond] to be a witness," the opposition party spokesman said.

In response to the opposition's claim, Virach, who was accused to appear on the clip, admitted the clip is true and that he was talking to secretary-general of the Constitution Court President but refused the discussion over the dissolution case.

Prime Minister and Democrat leader Abhisit said his party will conduct an investigation into the video clips.

The PM insisted that the Democrats had never intervened in the judicial process.

The Democrat Party is facing a case in the Constitution Court brought by the Election Commission (EC) for the alleged misuse of a 29 million baht political development fund provided by the EC. The Constitution Court will hold witness hearing for the case on Monday in which the PM Abhisit, who was the then deputy leader of the Democrats, will also attend as one of the most important witnesses.

Source: Xinhua


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