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Democrat case told of duping

Progressive Democratic Party candidates told the Constitution Tribunal hearing on the electoral fraud case against the Democrat Party they were duped into registering for candidacy in last April's election.

Witnesses said they believed they were applying for jobs and subsequently contacted the Democrats for help out of fear of being penalised for law violation.

Yesterday was the third hearing of the case that the Democrat Party allegedly hired Progressive Democratic candidates to contest the election and frame Thai Rak Thai.

Suwit Ob-oon, Nipa Chanpo and Rachanoo Tangsee, candidates for Progressive Democratic in Trang, testified that they were contacted by Taksanai Keesoon, chairman of Tambon Ta Ngiew Adminis-trative Organisation, on March 6 last year. Taksanai asked for their identification cards and his wife Amornrat took them to Bangkok to apply for Progressive Democratic membership the following day. 

South violence

An ice-cream seller was beheaded, two other people were shot dead and three were wounded in the deep South as Army chief General Sonthi Boonyaratglin began a four-day visit to the troubled region yesterday.

Police found the beheaded body of Weerachai Utaniyang, 45, on a roadside in Pattani's Muang district at noon.

In nearby Narathiwat pro-vince, Prasong Preecharangsan was shot at his motorcycle shop by two men on a motorcycle.

Thaksin objects

A lawyer for deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has objected to the appointment of three people to a panel looking into corruption in the purchase of CTX bomb scanners for the new airport. Amnuay Thantara, chairman of the panel investigating the CTX allegations said any objection must be sent to the Assets Examination Committee.

Meanwhile, a panel investigating corruption in the purchase of rubber saplings said they were trying to ascertain if former PM's Office Minister Newin Chidchob bought the saplings from the project to grow on his land in Buri Ram's Satu district.

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