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Warrants out for arrest of former MPs
« on: March 19, 2010, 06:12:12 PM »
Warrants out for arrest of former MPs

The Criminal Court on Friday issued warrants for the arrest of two former MPs for failing to show up to hear a Supreme Court verdict in a dafamation case filed by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

The two are Suporn Atthawong, a former Nakhon Ratchasima MP of the dissolved Thai Rak Thai party and a leading member of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), and Theerachai Saenkaew, former deputy agriculture minister and former Udon Thani MP of the dissolved People Power party.

According to the lawsuit, Mr Suporn and Mr Theerachai, in a press conference in June 2003, accused Mr Abhisit of being unusually rich because in his assets declaration filed with the National Anti-Corruption Commission he had additional wealth of 20 million baht.

The Criminal Court and the Appeals Court sentenced Mr Suporn to 12 months in jail and a fine of 20,000 baht and Mr Theerachai to six months in jail and a fine of 10,000 baht.  However, the jail sentences were suspended for two years because the two had no criminal record.

The two appealed.  The Supreme Court was scheduled to read its verdict in this case on Friday, but they did not show up, prompting the Criminal Court to issue warrants for their arrest.

The Supreme Court rescheduled the verdict reading for April 21 at 9am.

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Re: Warrants out for arrest of former MPs
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2010, 09:51:09 AM »
Warrant out for arrest of Rambo Isan

The Supreme Court yesterday issued an arrest warrant for Suporn Atthawong, known as Rambo Isan, a core member of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship.

Mr Suporn, former Thai Rak Thai MP for Nakhon Ratchasima, and Theerachai Saenkaew, former Thai Rak Thai MP for Udon Thani, are defendants in a defamation case filed against them by then-opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva in 2002.

The Supreme Court yesterday issued arrest warrants for both Mr Suporn and Mr Theerachai after they failed to attend a court hearing scheduled for yesterday. The two did not inform the court that they could not attend the hearing.

The court assumed the two were likely to flee. It consequently issued arrest warrants for the two defendants. The court set the next hearing for April 21 at 9am.

According to the lawsuit, in May 2002, the two defendants were coalition MPs during the Thaksin Shinawatra administration. They held a press conference at parliament and told reporters that Mr Abhisit was unusually rich because his assets increased from 29 million baht to 50 million baht during the period of one year that he served as Prime Minister's Office minister in the Chuan Leekpai administration.

However, Mr Abhisit explained earlier that the additional 20 million baht was an inheritance from his family.

The Criminal Court and the Appeals Court ruled that Mr Suporn and Mr Theerachai were guilty. The court handed Mr Suporn a one-year suspended jail term term and 20,000 baht fine, and gave Mr Theerachai a six-month suspended jail term and 10,000 baht fine.

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