19 04 2014

PPT has never heard of the “Network of Civil Servants,” but we imagine that they are yet another of the “groups” that have deeply yellow links and keep getting reincarnated with new names for a particular political purpose that usually involves anti-democratic ideas and campaigns. If we’re wrong, let us know.

In any case, this so-called Network is reported at The Nation as having “slammed the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) over what it regards as bids to intimidate and humiliate people who adopt an anti-government stance.” By “people” they mean “civil servants” and in particular senior “civil servants.”

The “Network” says that “CAPO should not attack the heads of ministries and representatives of high-level officials as they have their own reasons for doing what they do.”

If these “civil servants” were real civil servants, they should know that they are meant to work at the direction of the government of the day. If they are unable to do that, then they resign.

It said high-level officials were key people needed to resolve the country’s political crisis, while all sides should listen to one another to find a way to relieve the tension.

The “Network” insisted that civil servants maintain impartiality over the political turmoil” yet the “Network’s” statement supported Justice Ministry permanent secretary Kittipong Kittayarak who invited anti-democrat leader Suthep Thaugsuban to visit his ministry. It also supported Public Health permanent secretary Narong Sahameta-pat, who openly supports the anti-democrats.

It’s re-definition of “civil servant” responsibility is that they should obey “leaders who adhered to legal and moral principles.” The “Network” is wrong.

These dissident “civil servants” are certainly not impartial, have taken a political stand, and should do the “legal and moral” thing and resign. If they don’t, they should be sacked, but we know the caretaker government won’t and can’t do that because anti-democrat officials are protected by biased and royalist courts.


Friendly fire

16 04 2014

That some of the armed guards associated with the protection of the leaders of the anti-democrat movement might sometimes get blasted and start blasting each other is no surprise. As Khaosod has it reported, a guard “has been shot dead after a fight broke out among the guards at their Bangkok rally site…” at Lumpini Park.

He “was shot inside the park at around 02.00. He later died from a gunshot wound to his chest, bringing the total protest-related fatalities to 22 since the latest wave of anti-government movements erupted in November last year.”

In fact, in friendly fire incidents like this we see no reason why it should add to the death toll for the demonstrations. It could be an accident. But we’ll never know, for the anti-democrat “guards have barred police officers from entering the area to inspect the crime scene and question the witnesses.”

It seems these hoodlums are a law unto themselves. The police say the “guards have claimed that the police must wait until their celebration of Songkran (traditional Thai New Year) festival in the park is over before any crime scene inspection can be conducted.”

What a nice bunch of thugs. They don’t want a death to interfere with their jolly new year celebrations.

One of the thugs leaders, Democrat Party member Thaworn Senniam told police “that fistfights broke out between some guards. Mr. Jirayuth [the deceased] reportedly attempted to intervene and break up the fights, only to be shot dead by one of the combatants.”

Believe it or not, “the police at Lumpini Police Station are working to secure permission from PCAD [anti-democrat] leaders in order to inspect the crime in due time.”

Perhaps this is what General Prem Tinsulanonda meant when he talked of cooperation with the police: they are now at the beck and call of royalist thugs.

Remembering the crackdown on red shirts

13 04 2014

PPT has been delayed in getting to this because of the rash of lese majeste action in the past few days. However, it has to be remembered that 10 April marked the first attempt by the then Abhisit Vejjajiva regime to smash the red shirt protests in 2010. The protesters were calling for an election. The crackdown was meant to silence that call. It was the result of orders that Suthep Thaugsuban claims he issued. Almost four years later it was Suthep at the head of the anti-democrats who prevented an election. As an editorial at Khaosod puts it, Abhisit and Suthep gave “coffins to those who were asking for ballot boxes.”

The Abhisit-Suthep-Army crackdown left “more than 20 people dead, mostly protesters, by the time the operation was called off. It was the bloodiest confrontation Thailand has seen in decades, but it was merely the beginning of a far more devastating outcome; the military later crushed the Redshirts in May 2010, resulting in a total body count of at least 90 people.”

The real figures are, as best PPT can determine, between 26-29 and 94-100, with the 10 April 2010 deaths shown in this Matichon graphic:

10 April 2010

The Khaosod editorial continues:

The damage from the crackdown extends beyond the loss of lives: Thai society has become far more polarised than ever before, some factions of the Redshirts turned to radicalisation, while dozens of political prisoners have languished in prison since the final days of the military operation in 2010.

Hopes were stirred among the Redshirts and human rights activists in Thailand when Yingluck Shinawatra surged to power via a landslide election victory in 2011, with a promise that her government would pursue legal prosecution against the perpetrators of the 2010 crackdown, and issue amnesty bills for ordinary citizens who had been jailed simply because they were caught up in the chaos of the protests.

Of course, the Yingluck government was forced and acquiesced all too easily to the threats from royalists, the palace and the military. Red shirts remain in prison and lese majeste remains a tool for royalists to repress and coerce. But giving in to the royalist elite was, as PPT posted many times, a failed strategy, and the hopeless amnesty bill showed a lack of understanding of the forces arranged against Thaksin, Yingluck, Puea THai and the red shirts; the royalists could never be “won over.” Khaosod comments:

Now the administration of Ms. Yingluck seems doomed, along with any hope of amnesty plan for the political prisoners who are still imprisoned.

Because of its misguided pursuit of the “Blanket Amnesty”, Pheu Thai Party ended up sabotaging the hopes that these prisoners could be freed from their captivity, back into the embrace of their families and friends.

Furthermore, it is also incredible that the Pheu Thai-led administration has not bothered to at least sign the order, via the legitimate channel of the Ministry of Justice, to grant these imprisoned citizens a temporary release throughout the previous years as a government.

At least Abhisit and Suthep have found themselves charged with murder and related charges, but as Khaosod observes:

it is unclear whether any justice will be administered if (or, some would say, when) the new power clique replaces Ms. Yingluck’s government. Most likely, the new government, hostile to Pheu Thai Party, will order all court procedures to a halt once they take power.

The Pheu Thai Party has unwittingly unleashed the force of anti-democracy by handing them the Blanket Amnesty Bill as a rallying point. In doing so, that force of anti-democracy is now allowed to threaten any chance of achieving the first legal prosecution and punishment of Thai state officials for their crimes against their own citizens.

It adds:

There is no question that the widespread violence 4 years ago was tragic, but what is even more tragic is the missed opportunities by Pheu Thai Party to at least ease the suffering of those affected by the crackdown in the years that followed.

In another Khaosod report, it is reported that red shirts “marked the anniversary of the military crackdown on their protests 4 years ago, while anti-government protesters held a separate vigil for the soldiers who died in the operation.” For the anti-democrats, the red shirts mowed down by the Army count for nothing.

From the Telegraph.

From the Telegraph

Khaosod’s brief report of the events of that night is, however, deeply flawed, and PPT recommends that readers unfamiliar with the events go back to our posts of those days.

It is reported that:

Redshirts chose to mark the anniversary with simple exhibition detailing the incident on 10 April 2010 at Imperial World Lat Phrao shopping mall in eastern Bangkok, and a Buddhist ceremony in the morning in memory of Redshirts demonstrators who lost their lives 4 years ago.

The exhibition also featured a musical performance and speeches by core leaders of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) in the evening.

The low-profile event contrasts with mass rallies called by the UDD to commemorate the 10 April crackdown in previous years. Mr. Jatupon Prompan, chairman of the UDD, explained that the idea of holding a rally around Democracy Monument was abandoned due to the presence of anti-government protesters who are encamped near the monument.

“We don’t want to provoke any violence, it may affect our brothers and sisters,” Mr. Jatupon said.

The extremes to which the royalist elite are prepared to go to protect political and economic privilege should not be forgotten: using deadly violence, the power of the state and ditching elections and trashing the economy are all strategies they have used in recent years.

Updated: More on the Ko Tee lese majeste case

12 04 2014

Over the past week there has been a flurry of stories about lese majeste. PPT has posted on some of these stories about Thailand’s residual feudalism. In this post we focus on a clutch of news stories associated with Ko Tee or Wuthipong Kachathamakul ( โกตี๋ หรือ วุฒิพงศ์ กชธรรมคุณ).

The lese majeste junkies at the Democrat Party were fast out of the rat hole on Ko Tee’s case, using it in the best of the worst traditions of the Party, smearing all their political opponents. Party loudmouth/spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said the party’s toady “leader” Abhisit Vejjajiva:

had assigned the party’s legal team to lodge complaints with caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order director Chalerm Yubamrung and Department of Special Investigation chief Tarit Pengdit to consider taking legal actions against Ko Tee for his controversial interview with the foreign media which were deemed lese majeste.Ko Tee

The party was also lodging “a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division police and to file lawsuits against Ko Tee with the police throughout the country.” Lodging the complaint nationwide is evidence that these hopeless and failed politicians haven’t had a new political idea since the 1940s. Shouting in the cinema, Chavanond bleated that:

Ko Tee’s conduct reflected the negative attitude of several red-shirt leaders and followers towards the Monarchy. Such attitude, he said, is a security threat that authorities concerned cannot just sit idly by but have to take actions to deal with it according to the law.

Abhisit has regularly sought to use the monarchy against political opponents.

The savageness of the attack on Ko Tee, in part, reflect the directness of his comments. It also reflects the fact that Ko Tee is radical in his politics, challenging not just the royalists but sometimes the official United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship.Indeed, the official red shirts have been quick to dump Ko Tee, with Jatuporn Promphan – himself accused of lese majeste several times – disowning him. In the next report quoted below it is stated: “He has said that his group operates on its own and is not loyal to the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship.”

Army boss General Prayuth Chan-ocha hates Ko Tee, and was once said to have set assassins in search of him.

Getting Ko Tee has considerable benefits for the royalists and their anti-democrat movement. At the Bangkok Post it is reported that the police have come under pressure to get him as quickly as possible.

National police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew met with army chief Prayuth and “other senior government and security leaders met at a project launch in the far South on Thursday. They agreed on the need to take action against Wuthipong Kachathamkul, alias Ko Tee, during sideline talks.” The event was some kind of Prem Tinsulanonda-initiated interference in the normal work of government. It was reported that “Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda. Gen Prem was not involved in the talks” on Ko Tee. No one believes that little lie.

The Post also reported another lese majeste case “involving Ekaphop Luera, also known as Tang Acheewa,” was discussed by the royalist military bosses.

Thailand’s politics in recent years has seen lese majeste cases spike when the royalists are in power or seeking to topple an elected government. This is clearly another of these situations. PPT’s guess is that the royalist elite is taking the opportunity to de-fang the more independent and threatening of red shirt leaders prior to the conclusion of the creeping judicial coup.

It is reported that: “Pol Gen Adul promised he would take serious action against the two and direct immigration authorities across the country to watch out in case they try to flee the country.” Apparently an arrest warrant is out for Ekaphop, who is “believed to have already fled the country.”

The Democrat Party demanded that Prayuth “go after Ko Tee.” The irony of this is that “Democrat deputy spokeswoman Malika Boonmeetrakul insisted in an interview with the radio programme that security authorities could arrest lese majeste suspects…”.

Of course, it was Mallika who criticized a princess for being an indulgent waste of taxpayer money just a few days ago, but nobody amongst the double standard-toting royalists is going after her because she thought she was criticizing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Faithful royalists can drag the monarchy through the political dirt with impunity because they are somehow “protecting the institution.” The political battle is about shoring up the political and economic system that has the monarchy as its keystone, so the monarchy can be used by the royalist side for its political purposes without a peep of complaint from the palace.

According to the report, Ko Tee’s “whereabouts are unknown.” The dopey Democrat Party claims Ko Tee is “under protection of a two-star police officer.”

The Post then makes this remarkable claim: “Ko Tee is also accused of leading red-shirt members in a bloody clash with People’s Democratic Reform Committee members at Lak Si intersection on the eve of the Feb 2 election.” What is the newspaper’s point? Ko Tee did indeed lead red shirts on that day, but it was the anti-democrats who opened fire and were responsible for the bloodshed. The Post appears to being politically biased in the most base manner.

In another report at the Bangkok Post, police are said to have “approved an arrest warrant for the red-shirt hardman on charges of lese majeste.” They reckon he is still in the country. The court that quickly approved the warrant – probably the same one that has repeatedly rejected warrants for royalist anti-democrats – claimed “it had thoroughly considered the evidence submitted by the Crime Suppression Division…”. The police reckon they have a “substantial case…”. In most lese majeste cases, the evidence usually doesn’t matter in the slightest, so all this huffing and puffing is for political impact.

The interview with Ko Tee was widely circulated, causing the government’s Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order to renew “a warning to the public that anyone distributing or forwarding the video would face criminal charges.” They mean people circulating or “liking” the interview can end up in jail on lese majeste charges for 15 years.

The anti-democrat monk Buddha Issara got in on the lese majeste sycophancy by holding a “rally at Kukot police station and offered a cash reward of 500,000 baht for anybody who could arrest or locate the suspect.”

In yet another of many reports at the Bangkok Post, Army chief Prayuth “confirmed that army intelligence is assisting in the search for the suspect.” Remember when Prayuth claimed that it was not the Army’s job to arrest Suthep Thaugsuban for “treason.” It seems that the double standards run exceptionally deep.Prayuth and Suthep

Prayuth acknowledged that “it would be difficult to arrest Mr Wutthipong if he had left Thailand. He said lese majeste offenders usually flee to other countries which view lese majeste as a domestic matter.” Other crimes are domestic too. What the general might have said is that other countries view lese majeste not just as domestic but as a bizarre feudal leftover that is taken seriously pretty much only in Thailand.

Extending the reign of lese majeste terror, Prayuth added that the “army was also in the process of filing complaints with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology against radio stations and radio hosts who offend the monarchy.”

PPT looks behind this action, and sees that this lese majeste repression is just another part of the attempt to crush parliamentary and representative politics, just as much as herding the anti-democrats onto the streets was. Watch what the courts do next.

Update: Readers may be interested in Asia Provocateur’s take on these events:

This Thai fascist bloc, who’ve murdered and killed Thai citizens with complete impunity, are notorious for perceiving words to be more dangerous than bullets. The Democrats can order troops to slaughter unarmed Thai civilians and rationalise this as “necessary”. The Thai Army can carry out that slaughter and claim, with a straight face, that it was nothing to do with them. The PDRC have repeatedly tortured, kidnapped and even murdered pro-democracy activists yet their leaders are never held to account or even properly investigated.

Monk gone wild

11 04 2014

A Buddhist monk is meant to renounce and abstain from certain things.Many websites list the 10 basic precepts observed by novice monks. While anti-democrat monk Buddha Issara has broken many of them in recent months, the one on money begs questioning based on the following Khaosod report:

Anti-government monk activist has pledged to sue Khaosod and Matichon for libel, demanding 100 million baht in compensation.Buddha Issara

Buddha Issara and his supporters marched from their rally site in Chaeng Wattana Road to the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road today, where he submitted his letter to the court officials detailing his intention to file lawsuit against the two newspapers.

The monk alleged that Khaosod and Matichon have unfairly defamed him in their news coverage. He said he wanted the newspapers to pay him 100 million baht in damage.

Nevertheless, it is understood that Buddha Issara has not taken any formal steps in filing the libel lawsuit, and his appearance at the court today was merely symbolic.

The monk and his companions later had a brief “sit-in” on Ratchadapisek Road and ate their lunch, before marching away without incident.


NACC bias

7 04 2014

It has been a busy couple of days, and PPT has been trying to find time to get to this post, and we now can.

In a story reported at The Nation, the National Anti-Corruption Commission has declared that it “will give caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra a fair chance to defend herself and will use the same standards as in court trials…”. We assume this is in response to media outlets and others pointing out that the NACC was not prepared to hear all of the witnesses Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra wanted for this case.

NACC member Vicha Mahakun said that Yingluck’s repeated request that the “NACC allow four additional witnesses to give statements on the rice-pledging scheme, Vicha said the NACC had yet to decide whether to accept her request.” They had earlier rejected witnesses, allowing just three of the 11 the premier wanted.

Probably realizing that the NACC looks legally sick, “Vicha said the NACC would adopt the same standards as courts in allowing witnesses to give statements.” By this he means that: “We allow only witnesses who we believe have involvement in the case in some way. We are not allowing all witnesses…”. Without hearing them, we wonder if the NACC has a resident clairvoyant who can determine what witnesses will say.

But just suppose that we took Vicha and the NACC at their word. Would we be totally daft to do that? The answer seems to be that we’d be stark raving mad. On the very same day, it was also reported at The Nation that the very same Vicha had spoken at Thammasat University to mark Sanya Dharmasakti Day.

Not only did Vicha want “Thailand’s entire legal system should be revamped” to tackle corruption, but he made comments on the premier’s case before the NACC.

Vicha proclaimed that “bad people must be eradicated from the system.” Has he been drinking from the anti-democrat fountain of megalomania? Eradication carries all kinds of nasty overtones.

Turning to the present government and the anti-government calls to be rid of it he stated: “You can’t say that [a bad government] will stay for four years only. It won’t go as it has already put its men in the system…”. Yep, that’s the “Thaksin regime” anti-democratic mantra of Suthep Thaugsuban he’s repeating.

Vicha “heads an NACC committee investigating the government’s rice-pledging scheme,” helpfully pointed out that the:

Thailand Development Research Institute had done a research into the scheme two years ago and had warned the government to stop the programme to prevent further loss…. The research said [the rice-pledging scheme] would bring to an end [development of] rice production. Farmers will be stuck and short of money because the Bt200 billion revolving fund from the government’s annual budget would be turned into the hands of companies or businessmen with deliberate plans. Only a small budget would reach the farmers….

He “also pointed to the missing 2 million tonnes of rice from the government’s silo since 2012 as another problem in the scheme.”

It looks like the “fair chance to defend herself and will use the same standards as in court trials” mentioned in the first story is horse manure as Vicha already has all the evidence he needs to convict. The bias is so great that no reasonable person could ever take this kangaroo court seriously.

And, yes, according to this report, Vicha was appointed to the position by the coup-makers in 2006.

More on Suthep and the judicial coup

6 04 2014

Earlier PPT posted on Suthep Thaugsuban’s speech to his supporters on this topic using a report at The Nation. It seems, however, that The Nation’s reporters and editors left out some of the juicier details of Suthep’s rant.

Khaosod reports on the speech where Suthep’s demagoguery became megalomania. In outlining his plans for how victory would be his, Suthep said that his supporters should mobilize local networks and “wait for the day of battle,” stating: “When I blow the whistle, all of these members must be present…. Bring out all the healthy persons, so we can embark on a prolonged fight, for at least 15 days.”

If there was a verdict by the Constitutional Court that removed Yingluck Shinawatra from her position, there would be an “instant mobilisation” with the anti-democrats being told they “will occupy Thailand so the sovereign power shall truly belong to the people.”

Suthep stated that:

that he would then install himself as the “Sovereign Body” who will wield absolute power via numerous “Revolutionary Decrees” and adoption of a single charter provision as a legislative blank cheque – in the same manner of military dictators in 1960s, such as the notorious Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat.

“We will have something like Article 17 [of 1959 Administrative Charter] as the highest law,” Mr. Suthep said, referring to the charter article which allowed Field Marshal Sarit to fight suspected Communist threats by all means, “[I] will be able to order anyone to be executed by firing squad, but I will only freeze assets”.

… “As a Sovereign Body who has seized power, I will have the power to appoint Prime Minister and Cabinet members at my own discretion. Then I will present this list to His Majesty the King, so that he can approve them as the People’s Government”.

Once His Majesty the King signed his approval for the “people’s coup”, Mr. Suthep said, the PCAD will proceed to appoint National Legislative Assemb[l]y and “People’s Council” as two unelected legislative bodies to engage in “reforms” for Thailand.

Suthep added that he would “return the power to the people once the ‘reforms’ are completed, but warned that he would mobilise his supporters onto the streets if the government he had appointed ‘failed to perform its duties’ as assigned by the PCAD.”

Khaosod observes that this “is the first instance in which he clearly outlined the procedures” for his so-called reforms.

Suthep was also prepared for a fight with red shirts as he “urged his supporters to be ready for prolonged rally in Bangkok for over 2 weeks in order to ‘deter’ any opponents who would march into Bangkok and challenge his status as the Sovereign Body.”

While this might be Suthep’s first public embrace of a scenario that promises civil war and extreme repression, his claims and statements in this speech bring together many statements and actions by the anti-democrat leader that have been chilling. Suthep now publicly embraces a form of 1930s-style Fascism for Thailand. While giving a nod to monarchism, Suthep promises his fascist royalists a new vision for Thailand: a civilian-led dictatorship.

Updated: Oops… friendly fire

6 04 2014

Those peace-loving lads who guard the anti-democrats and especially their leaders have blown their cover behind the Suthep Thaugsuban’s rhetoric again. The Bangkok Post reports that the trigger-happy lot have blasted two soldiers.

The extremists known as the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand (NSPRT) who are a bunch of die-hard PAD extremists “shot and wounded” the two soldiers  while the soldiers were “on patrol duty on Soi Likhit near the 1st Army Region headquarters and Wat Benjamabopit in Dusit district on Saturday night, according to Maj Gen Apirat Kongsompong, commander of the 1st Infantry Division.”

Apirat, who is known to be pretty trigger-happy himself when it comes to red shirts, said the incident took place at 9.10pm and added that the two were in plainclothes. His response was, apparently, more security for the extremists! He reportedly stated:

“Our soldiers have filed a police complaint that plaincloth[es] soldiers on motorcycle patrol were fired at, possibly by NSPRT guards providing security around their rally site. They might have shot the soldiers out of a misunderstanding. However, we have to take legal action against them because the protesters should not have been armed.

“After the incident, I have ordered the setting up of more checkpoints,” Maj Gen Apirat said.

CWO Pairoj Kantha, one of five plainclothes soldiers who were patrolling on three motorcycles, told a police officer on duty that:

At the time of the incident, he heard one gunshot, which was followed by a series of gun shots fired from a war weapon, possibly an AK47 rifle….

“When the first motorcycle fell, two NSPRT guards came out of a bunker. One of them pointed at the head of a wounded soldier with a .38 revolver. I had to quickly identiy myself as a soldier on patrol. The guard pulled back his weapon. I immediately arranged for the wounded to be admitted to hospital,” CWO Pairoj said.

The two soldiers were admitted to Ramathibodi Hospital. The military brass needs to explain how it can be so accepting of such an attack by heavily armed extremists. We suspect the answer is that this was “friendly fire.”

Update: If they weren’t so dangerous, the extremist, “student,” Brown Shirt-like, PADistas would be comical. At the Bangkok Post, it is reported that the “Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand has denied any responsibility for the shots fired at an army patrol on Saturday night in Dusit district in which two soldiers were wounded, saying it was not the work of their guards as earlier reported…”. They reckon that there was “a clash between the soldiers on patrol and an unidentified group of attackers, leaving two soldiers wounded.” This completely and totally disputes the statements made by the soldiers involved. The “students” say the “the area was outside the NSPRT’s responsibility.”

Updated: Suthep and the judicial coup

5 04 2014

Suthep Thaugsuban, speaking to the anti-democrats at Lumpini Park as red shirts massed, has declared that it is the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Constitutional Court that will deliver victory for his supporters.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban answers questions during a news conference in BangkokHis demagogic declaration, meant to incense and provoke red shirts, was that once Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra met her”legal” demise, it would be Suthep as “the people’s medium,” who “would nominate a new prime minister for royal endorsement.” Following that he declared a “people’s assembly” would “reform the country by amending the Constitution and relevant laws, before a new election would be organised.”

Indicating his confidence in the judicial coup, Suthep said the “next battle to last about 15 days” and would result in the anti-democrats seizing “sovereignty” for “the people.”

Suthep thundered:

This time we will seize Thailand. The sovereignty belongs to the Thai people and the government has already committed suicide after dissolving the House of Representatives on December 9. We the people have the right to become the sovereign….

Other anti-democrat and Democrat Party leaders supported Suthep and the judicial coup, with Thaworn Senniam declaring the government “will be out of power by the end of the month after the Constitutional Court disqualifies Yingluck…”. Like most anti-democrats and royalists, Thaworn reckons this case will be decided quickly as no new evidence is required.

Update: A reader points out that the Bangkok Post reports that Suthep made other claims:

Suthep said the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) was ready to step in as soon as the judicial axe falls on the current cabinet. “Once we become the sovereign, we’ll seize the assets of the of the Shinawatra family members. We won’t allow them to go abroad. They will need to report to us,” he declared. “We will appoint the prime minister of the people and submit the name to His Majesty, to be countersigned by me.”

It is clear that “demagogue” is an accurate description for Suthep.


Judicial complicity

4 04 2014

How could it be otherwise? According to The Nation, the “Criminal Court has revoked the arrest warrants for People’s Democratic Reform Committee chief Suthep Thaugsuban and 17 PDRC core leaders on charges of violating the emergency decree…”.

The court had approved the warrants on 5 February “for the 18 PDRC leaders on charges of violating Article 11 and 12 of the emergency decree as requested by the Department of Special Investigation.” no-justice

However, as the “government lifted the state of emergency on March 18, the PDRC [the anti-democrats] petitioned the Criminal Court to revoke their warrants.”

The other 17 anti-democrats let off the hook are “Sathit Wongnongtoey, Chumpol Julasai, Buddhipongse Punnakanta, Isara Somchai, Witthaya Kaewparadai, Thaworn Senneam, Nataphol Teepsuwan, Akanat Promphan, Anchalee Paireerak, Nititorn Lamlua, Uthai Yodmanee, Samdin Lertbutr, Preecha Iamsuphan, Ratchayut Siriyothinphakdee, Kittichai Saisa-ard, Samran Rodphet, and Phansuwan Nakaew.”

Has PPT missed something in the report? They allegedly broke a law – the emergency decree – but because it is revoked their slates are wiped clean? Tell that to the red shirts jailed for similar offences.

The double standards are just too clear and the judiciary is demolishing itself.


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