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Convicted Politicians Seek Vengeance

Bangkok Post, August 8, 2001

Banned politicians aim to oust eight judges over assets ruling

Bangkok Post - Nine politicians serving a five-year political ban for concealing their assets will try to oust the eight Constitutional Court judges who ruled in favour of the prime minister.

Maj-Gen Sanan Kachornprasart, the former Democrat secretary-general, said they were gathering evidence to back a petition to be submitted to Senate Speaker Manoonkrit Roopkachorn. A campaign would be launched to gather 50,000 signatures, he said, and MPs would be asked to back a motion to the Senate to remove all eight judges from office.

Maj-Gen Sanan said the ruling of the eight judges to clear Thaksin Shinawatra showed strong discrepancies in the legal basis they used in similar cases. "The verdicts issued by the judges showed the treatment for the nine previous cases was far from fair and transparent. It also showed a lack of sound legal bases," Maj-Gen Sanan said.

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