Thai Court Set to Rule on Fate of Ruling Party

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) - Judges from Thailand's Constitutional Court are deciding whether to disband the ruling party of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva over charges it misused government funds.

Former Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai delivered closing arguments Monday defending his Democrat Party of charges it misused 29 million baht ($907,000) of a government fund allotted for political parties. The court indicated it would deliver a verdict later in the day.

If found guilty, the party could be disbanded and about 40 of its executives - including Abhisit - banned from politics for five years. That would force the formation of a new government.

The punishment is at the discretion of the court.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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