Saudi gems, multiple murders, a police general and a royal pardon

19 09 2010

Just when most would have guessed that the argument between Abhisit Vejjajiva’s and the Saudi Arabian government over the 2 decades old gems thefts and multiple murders might have been waning, it has exploded again. Fittingly, it has a royal connection which might just explain why Abhisit and his foreign minister, Kasit Piromya, have appeared like a couple of bumbling stooges in recent media outings on this topic.

In a report in The Nation, Prime Minister Abhsiit and Kasit are said to have met with Saudi Charge d’ Affaires Nabil Hussein Ashri with the aim of explaining the promotion of Police Major-General Somkid Boonthanom to the post of assistant police chief.

Here’s the really interesting point made by Abhisit: he said he “explained to the Saudi envoy that Somkid had received clemency under the law to grant clemency to clear record of wrongdoings on the occasion of His Majesty the King turning 80 years old in 2007.” A Bangkok Post reports adds that the “amnesty does not pertain to criminal matters.”

Abhisit seems to have decided that the Saudi diplomat had insufficient information. PPT wonders whose fault that is? Surely the fault lies with the Thai side, given that the Saudi government has sought information for 20 years. Indeed, the Saudi envoy makes this point in a statement in The Nation, expressing “astonishment” at the way he was treated by Abhisit. He added: “I strongly object to comments made by Thai officials to the public claiming my misunderstanding or ‘ill-information’ of local issues and laws regarding the promotion of Pol. Maj. Gen. Somkid Boonthanom who is currently indicted in the case of the disappearance of a Saudi citizen and charged with murder, among other serious crimes, in the criminal court…”.

It just gets worse for Abhisit and his wholly incompetent foreign minister.


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