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EC may seek Court extension for rebuttal of Thanathorn’s media shareholding defence

By The Nation

 

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The Election Commission may seek an time from the Constitutional Court so that it could prepare a response to the defence argument of Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, who is standing trial in the Court over his alleged inappropriate holding of media shares during the March election.

 

Itthiporn Boonprakong, chairman of the junta-appointed EC, said the deadline for the EC to submit its argument to the court is Wednesday, and he is not certain whether the election monitoring body would be able to finish drafting their argument in time.

 

If the EC fails to finish by deadline, it will seek an extension, Itthiporn said.

 

The new politician is accused of violating the Constitution by holding shares in the media firm V-Luck Company while running as an MP candidate.

 

Thanathorn has consistently said he transferred the shares to his mother weeks before the MP election was open for applications. Yet, official documents show that Thanathorn’s mother only became a legitimate shareholder of V-Luck after her son had become an MP candidate.

 

On July 8, Thanathorn’s lawyers submitted three boxes full of documents to the Constitutional Court to support his defence.

 

Itthiporn said the EC had no problem gathering evidence and witnesses for drafting their argument but writing the legal argument is taking time.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30373473

 

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"...Thanathorn has consistently said he transferred the shares to his mother weeks before the MP election was open for applications. Yet, official documents show that Thanathorn’s mother only became a legitimate shareholder of V-Luck after her son had become an MP candidate."

 

Just curiosity but it would interesting to hear why there is a difference in the dates. And I'm a bit surprised that Thanathon's team haven't already given a public explanation of why it's much later that the records showed his mother to be the shareholder.  

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Itthiporn Boonprakong, chairman of the junta-appointed EC, just about states the wanted results and is that from a junta appointed Constitutional Court ?

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6 hours ago, scorecard said:

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"...Thanathorn has consistently said he transferred the shares to his mother weeks before the MP election was open for applications. Yet, official documents show that Thanathorn’s mother only became a legitimate shareholder of V-Luck after her son had become an MP candidate."

 

Just curiosity but it would interesting to hear why there is a difference in the dates. And I'm a bit surprised that Thanathon's team haven't already given a public explanation of why it's much later that the records showed his mother to be the shareholder.  

It has been commented before. The EC based its decision on a document which is updated only once a year in March, independently of when the sale actually occurred. Additionally, the media concern have ceased publication two years ago. But that will not stop the EC or the courts.

It's interesting to note that, unlike in other cases, the EC is behaving more like a prosecutor.

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The defence must be very good, as the accusers must now make new laws that will help them. 

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The EC has always stated that it was independent of the junta government, but this article states that they were appointed by the junta which we all knew all along.. 

 

Always riding on their own rules to appease the general's successful re-election by fudging the EC formula calculations.. And now acting as prosectutor to get rid of Thanathorn and expecting an extension due to their inefficiency and incompetence.. 

True democracy in the making.. 

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And they continue to delay the case as long as possible to try to keep him out of parliament and playing his role as a professional opposition. 

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      This is Thailand, simple transactions cannot be done in 5 mins, so it takes days or weeks to complete any legal formality, hence the delay.

      The EC were very quick to dismiss the other 30 odd cases, so this case adds further fuel to the EC's corruption.

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19 hours ago, scorecard said:

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"...Thanathorn has consistently said he transferred the shares to his mother weeks before the MP election was open for applications. Yet, official documents show that Thanathorn’s mother only became a legitimate shareholder of V-Luck after her son had become an MP candidate."

 

Just curiosity but it would interesting to hear why there is a difference in the dates. And I'm a bit surprised that Thanathon's team haven't already given a public explanation of why it's much later that the records showed his mother to be the shareholder.  

 

It seems pretty simple and straightforward. The dates the shares were transferred are, well, the dates the shares were transferred. Was this before the deadline required or not.

 

But as we know the actual simple facts will have little if anything to do with the diatribes and nonsensical fairy tales weaved around it.

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32 minutes ago, grumpy 4680 said:

      This is Thailand, simple transactions cannot be done in 5 mins, so it takes days or weeks to complete any legal formality, hence the delay.

      The EC were very quick to dismiss the other 30 odd cases, so this case adds further fuel to the EC's corruption.

Not always true, for many companies (not sure about all) property agents, lawyers, accountants can register to do share transfers on line, all days within 1 minute. Five years ago I saw it all happen on screen, log-on and open the right screen enter the new owners details and a bit more info, enter, within a couple of seconds got a print out clearly indicating old owner / new owner of the shares, date and time etc.

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20 hours ago, scorecard said:

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"...Thanathorn has consistently said he transferred the shares to his mother weeks before the MP election was open for applications. Yet, official documents show that Thanathorn’s mother only became a legitimate shareholder of V-Luck after her son had become an MP candidate."

 

Just curiosity but it would interesting to hear why there is a difference in the dates. And I'm a bit surprised that Thanathon's team haven't already given a public explanation of why it's much later that the records showed his mother to be the shareholder.  

Possibly the processing time to complete the transfer or even some unscrupulous type in the office held it up?

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