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EC wants Yingluck charged

An Election Commission panel has decided to have the EC charge ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra, as well as former Cabinet members and top government officials, for abuse of power - for taking advantage of "official trips" while they were in the caretaker government.

Yingluck and seven ministers including former interior minister Charupong Ruangsuwan, and former national police chief Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew, allegedly abused their power, the panel said. It has yet to summon the nine people to defend themselves and do a full report.

If convicted, the offenders face up to 10 years in jail, a 10-year ban from politics and party dissolution if they are the party's executive members.

Meanwhile, National Anti-Corruption Commission secretary-general Sansern Poljiak said yesterday that the impeachment of Yingluck and politicians indicted by the NACC should continue as the National Legislative Assembly was about to commence as the new parliament.

Sansern said that although there was no provision in the interim charter on impeachment, the NACC Act was still in effect and the NLA would be authorised to work as the lower house and the Senate, so it should be able to impeach someone - which used to be the task of the Senate.

However, cases currently investigated by the NACC might be halted pending upcoming laws to be worked out by the NLA and the National Reform Council. The cases were likely to progress before the next election.


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