Election commissioner confirms accused UDD members are still MPs

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BANGKOK, 30 November 2012 – A member of the Election Commission (EC) has confirmed that Members of Parliament involved with the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) and its actions in 2010 will maintain their political status until their court cases are finalized.

EC commissioner Sodsri Sattayatum said all UDD members will remain active as MPs until their involvement in the political turmoil 2 years ago is ruled by the Criminal Court as a crime and a sentence is delivered.

Ms. Sodsri also commented on a petition from senator Reungkrai Leekitwattana to consider the MP status of Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, following the stripping of his military rank, saying that the matter is being looked into and should be concluded within 30 days.

Meanwhile, UDD leader and MP Korkaew Pikulthong, who is expected to appear in court this afternoon, expressed readiness to accept any decision on his bail while citing another chance to prove his innocence at a hearing on December 13th.

BY RADIO THAILAND & INSIGHT INFO