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Thailand's Election Commission extends probe on controversial funds donated to Democrat

Written By vibykhmer on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 | 11:12 AM

BANGKOK, Aug. 25 Xinhua) -- Thailand's Election Commission (EC)Tuesday decided to extend for another 30 days its investigation of a controversial 258-million-baht (7.58 million U.S. dollars) donation to the Democrat Party, said Suthipol Thaweechaikarn, secretary-general of the poll agency.

The Democrat Party, which has led the coalition government, is being investigated for allegedly having received the donation of 258 million baht from the Thai Petrochemical Industry Public Company Limited in violation of the Political Party Act.

Also, the EC has to postpone its verdict on the Democrat Party's alleged misuse of 29 million baht (852,400 U.S. dollars) from the EC's political party development fund, said Suthipol, the website by Bangkok Post reported.

Suthipol said the EC was not able to make ruling on the two cases because information on hand was not clear enough on some points.

Examination of witnesses and documents, particularly those fromthe Revenue Department, had also not been completed, he said.

The EC has decided to ask the sub-committee handling the donation case to further investigate Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Democrat Party leader, and Prachai Liewpairatana, former executive of Thai Petrochemical Industry.

The sub-committee has been given 30 days to complete the assignment, Suthipol said.

One possible scenario, which might occur, is if the party is found of guilty, the Democrat Party might be dissolved.

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