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Thai election officials sentenced to jail

Agence France-Presse
Last updated 02:14pm (Mla time) 07/25/2006

BANGKOK - The three members of Thailand's election commission were sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday after a court found them guilty of malfeasance in the handling of April's inconclusive election.

Bangkok's criminal court ruled that the commissioners had acted in favor of candidates from Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party.

The sentence strips them of their offices but the three commissioners have vowed to file an appeal.

The TRT won the April 2 election but the victory was undermined by an opposition boycott that left dozens of seats empty.

The charges against the commissioners stemmed from their attempt to organize re-runs of the elections to fill the empty seats.

The court ruled that the handling of the re-runs illegally benefited Thaksin's party.

"That decision was made to favor Thai Rak Thai candidates," the court said in its ruling.

The Constitutional Court has already invalidated the election results, clearing the way for new polls on October 15.

The ruling was a victory for Thaksin's rivals, who have repeatedly accused the commission of bias that they warned would threaten the credibility of the new elections.

2 makuna:

idi 1:22 a. m., agosto 12, 2006, Blogger grifter nakunana...

wen ngarud! agpayso, man!

idi 4:37 p. m., agosto 12, 2006, Blogger jfi nakunana...

manong nakaliwayka metten. paspasungadak dagiti baro nga inka ipost.

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