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    Re: Cooking Show - Judgement Day

    3.40 pm: The Constitution Court has begun reading the verdict now. A long period of time is expected to be spent on reading the case's backgrounds. Cameramen will be given five minutes and will be then asked to leave the courtroom, which is totally packed.

    Samak is represented in the courtroom by his lawyer Thana Benjathikul.

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    Re: Cooking Show - Judgement Day

    Banharn tipped as next PM if Samak disqualified
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    Chart Thai Party leader Banharn Silapa-archa might emerge as the next prime minister if incumbent Samak Sundaravej was disqualified by the Constitution Court this afternoon, Banharn's deputy Somsak Prissanananthakul said on Tuesday.

    Should Samak be removed from office by the judicial review, the Chart Thai Party would convene an urgent meeting to assess the situation which might lead to the nomination of Banharn, Somsak said.

    Somsak has insisted that every coalition partner has a chance to replace Samak.

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    Re: Cooking Show - Judgement Day

    4 pm: The judges have taken turn in reading the plaintiffs' and defence arguments. So far it sounds a simple legal battle. Samak's accusers said he was "employed" by a studio to host the TV cooking show, whereas Samak's defence insisted he was urged to help with the programme and by no means was its "employee". The court's verdict, surely , will have to touch upon definitions of "employ" , "employer" and "employee" and interpret payments made to Samak.

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    Re: Cooking Show - Judgement Day

    4.30 pm: Urgent: The court finds Samak guilty.

    Six judges considered Samak to be the "employee" while three others considered Samak a business partner of the studio, a constitutional offence in both cases.
    The court said evidence presented by Samak that he was only given transport fees for hosting the show "contradicted" payment evidence by the studio, Face Media.

    The court went strong on the principles laid down by the Constitution against conflicts of interests. The judges pointed out that using definitions of "employ", "employer" and "employee" from different laws are not enough to tell whether the will of the Constitution has been violated.

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    Re: Cooking Show - Judgement Day

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    PPP rallying behind Samak
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    The People Power Party is ready to reinstall Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej in office if he was disqualified by the judicial review on his involvement in two cooking shows, Finance Minister Surapong Suebwonglee said on Tuesday just hours before the afternoon's verdict. Many PPP MPs have already been in contacts with coalition parties lobbying for their supports of Samak.

    PPP spokesman Kudep Saikrajang said Samak remains a most qualified leader at this juncture to steer the country.

    A PPP source said as a way to exit while saving face, Samak might withdrawal his nomination after the PPP put forward his name.

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    Re: Cooking Show - Judgement Day

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    Six coalition parties to meet Wednesday to chart future


    The six coalition parties will hold a meeting tomorrow to map out a future stand relating to the outcome of the judicial review on the prime minister's qualifications, Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kachornprasart said on Tuesday.

    Regardless of how the verdict will turn out, the coalition partners will review the political situation, Sanan said.

    Chart Thai Party leader Banharn Silapa-archa has refused to neither confirm nor deny speculation that he is tipped to replace Samak.

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    Re: Cooking Show - Judgement Day

    Convicted Samak disqualified


    The Constitution Court Tuesday convicted Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej of having violated the charter by hosting commercial TV shows while in office.

    The court voted unanimously to give a guilty verdict against Samak and disqualified him as the prime minister.

    The court reasoned that the Constitution was aimed to prevent conflicts of interest on part of Cabinet members so Samak had violated in the intention of the charter although he host the programmes on part-time basis.

    The entire Cabinet also lost its status but other Cabinet members became caretaker ministers until new Cabinet is found, the court ruled.

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    PM Samak Found Guilty: Must Resign

    Convicted Samak disqualified

    BANGKOK: -- The Constitution Court Tuesday convicted Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej of having violated the charter by hosting commercial TV shows while in office.

    The court voted unanimously to give a guilty verdict against Samak and disqualified him as the prime minister.

    The court reasoned that the Constitution was aimed to prevent conflicts of interest on part of Cabinet members so Samak had violated in the intention of the charter although he host the programmes on part-time basis.

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    Re: PM Samak Found Guilty: Must Resign

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Cleary View Post
    Convicted Samak disqualified

    BANGKOK: -- The Constitution Court Tuesday convicted Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej of having violated the charter by hosting commercial TV shows while in office.

    The court voted unanimously to give a guilty verdict against Samak and disqualified him as the prime minister.

    -- The Nation 2008-09-09
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