Sukhumbhand to be suspended as court set to review case

national March 29, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra will soon have to stop working as he faces legal proceedings for allegedly benefiting from a slanderous campaign.

Although Sukhumbhand was not personally engaged in the so-called campaign, it was said to have helped him win last year’s election to return as city governor. 
So, the Election Commission (EC) recommended that a new gubernatorial election be held in Bangkok, with Sukhumbhand allowed to stand again. 
However, the final decision on whether a new gubernatorial election will be held will depend on a ruling from the Court of Appeals. 
Pending court review, Sukhumbhand is required by law to stop working. He will hand the job over to his first deputy Pusadee Tamthai until a final decision is made. 
“We will officially inform Sukhumbhand that the court has agreed to look into this case,” EC secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said yesterday. 
An informed source said a letter from the EC would possibly reach Sukhumbhand next Monday. The court is scheduled to look into evidence from both sides on April 3.