Thai FBI issues more calls to Democrat Party MPs to hear political party law violation charges

By Ranger; 4/23/2013

Thai DSI (FBI) have issued calls for a latest batch of Democrat Party MPs to hear charges that they violated political party donation law. Pol Col Nirand Adulyasak, commander of the Special Cases Division 1 of the DSI, said a group of Democrat Party MPs had violated Article 57 of the Political Parties Act, which required that a donation to a political party of a sum of Bt20,000 and more must be made via a non-transferable cheque. While violators of Article 57 of the Political Parties Act will be subject to a five-year political ban as well as three-year imprisonment and a fine, many observer said the courts, known to be lenient to the Democrat Party in the past, will likely face little penalty. Many of the Democrat Party MPs had the House Secretariat deduct the money from their salary to directly credit the account of the Democrat Party in 2008. He said the 48 Democrats had their salary deducted and credited to the Democrat Party account from 2008 to 2011. Abhisit alone made 21 donations through salary deduction, amounting to Bt15 million, Nirand said he would be able to wrap up the case and submit an investigative report to DSI chief Tarit Pengdit in a month. Violators of Article 57 of the Political Parties Act will be subject to a five-year political ban as well as three-year imprisonment and a fine. The Democrat Party has been infected allegations of significant corrupt campaign donation activity, to the extent that the party had to shut down its website, in what most neutral analyst said was to hide track records of wrong doings (Source).

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