Robert Amsterdam profiled

21 10 2010

Readers might be interested in a recent profile of Thaksin Shinawatra’s international lawyer Robert Amsterdam. The profile was in The Jerusalem Post, and is quite long. Thanks to the reader who drew this article to PPT’s attention. Some sample quotes below:

Despite Thai authorities’ sweeping suppression of opposition views, Amsterdam has no trouble getting his message into Thailand far and wide.

Amsterdam is no longer welcome to the self-styled Land of Smiles, but he remains in full adversarial mode by remote control. “[The authorities] have barred me personally, but they haven’t prevented us from presenting our point of view,” he says. “The Internet gives us a voice. We write an op-ed [on his blog] on Monday and by Tuesday it’s being [disseminated] across Thailand.” His pro-Red Shirt point of view has earned him prominent ill-wishers among Bangkok’s royalist elite, who views Thaksin as an enemy of the state. In a recent article “Don’t Shoot the Shyster!” published by the country’s English-language Nation newspaper, a Thai-American novelist decries Amsterdam as a brazen fantasist in a screed replete with anti-Jewish innuendo.

[The] Department of Special Investigations announced that its inquest into the deaths of the 90-some protesters gunned down last May had stalled for lack of evidence – even though videos of Thai soldiers shooting unarmed civilians, including foreign journalists, are widely available on YouTube. “It’s a whitewash and a cover-up,” Amsterdam fumes. “This case cries out for justice and we will bring it to foreign courts.”

“The Thai military has been best deployed by the elite against [Thailand’s] own citizens,” Amsterdam insists. “This is an army that every 10 or 15 years goes into the streets and murders citizens.”

There’s a lot more in the report.


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