The royalist battle with Thaksin is not over

29 06 2010

As the royalist and military-backed government had 12 red shirt leaders put away for a further 12 days, facing so-called terrorism charges, a full month after the military’s brutal crackdown and amid all the false talk of reconciliation, two reports show that the royalist battle with former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is far from over.

One telling report is in the Bangkok Post, citing arch-royalist and Abhisit Vejjajiva favorite Vasit Dejkunjorn, the former deputy police chief and former royal police guard. He chaired a police reform committee under the post-2006 coup government led by on-again off-again privy councilor Surayud Chulanont and is now doing the same for the military’s latest prime minister, Abhisit.

Vasit and other royalists want the government to “enact an organic law that would empower the National Human Rights Commission to file lawsuits in the World Court against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra for the extra-judicial killings” during the so-called war on drugs.

Vasit, who is no democrat, was speaking at the Sanya Dharmasakti Institute for Democracy, named after the privy councilor the king appointed prime minister following the 1973 ousting of a military regime he’d supported since 1958. It is a mystery why Thammasat University chose his name for an “institute” examining issues of democratic rule.

Vasit wants both civil and criminal cases brought against Thaksin and against those involved in what he calls “the May riots.” Another speaker, from the highly politicized Department of Special Investigation supported Vasit’s idea.

The second story, also in the Post, reveals that the “Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions has agreed to accept a false asset declaration case against ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.” This decision is based on the National Anti-Corruption Commission filing a case following the asset seizure ruling on 26 February.

That ruling said “that Thaksin was guilty of abuse of power and that 46.37 billion baht of his frozen assets should be confiscated.”

DSI chief Tharit Pengdit also said that his department – which appears to work with no independence at all – would take on yet another case involving “Shin Corp securities as a special case is based on the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions’s verdict on Feb 26 on the seizure of 46 billion baht in assets from Thaksin and his family after he was found guilty of launching policies to benefit his family’s telecommunication giant Shin Corp. Mr Tharit said the Securities and Exchange Commission has found former premier Thaksin and his ex-wife Potjaman na Pombejra guilty of violating local securities laws and the SEC has asked the DSI to take it up as a special case.”

In other words, the government is seeking to strip Thaksin and his family of every satang they hold. While yellow shirts are cheering this, those interested in anything approaching judicial independence must be aghast at the remarkable politicization of these agencies by the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime.

The cases are expected to be expedited.


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16 03 2013
Debating lese majeste at PBS | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] racist, a royal spy, part of the cabal of palace intriguists, as propagandist for the monarchy, and anti-Thaksin warrior. We had some biographical details in our Old Men post. In the clip that follows, Vasit does all of […]

16 03 2013
(Momentarily) Debating lese majeste at PBS | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] racist, a royal spy, part of the cabal of palace intriguists, as propagandist for the monarchy, and anti-Thaksin warrior. We had some biographical details in our Old Men post. In the clip that follows, Vasit does all of […]




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