One verdict on the justice system

26 12 2010

Appointed by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to head the Truth for Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Kanit na Nakorn, says this in an interview at the Bangkok Post:

The problems we face didn’t stem from the letter of the law but from its enforcement by the police, prosecutors, the courts and the corrections officers. Injustices didn’t come from the law but from the lack of the understanding of the law by law enforcement authorities.

Now, there are over 30,000 cases pending in the Supreme Court. The magnitude of the cases is a reflection of the despicable conduct of some law enforcement officials who are lazy, submissive to social and political pressure, and servile to politicians. But, most seriously, we give the police too much investigative power.

Of course, it is not only politicians who intervene in the judicial system. Long-time readers will recall the recording – the veracity of which has never been denied – that apparently shows the palace involved through General Prem Tinsulanonda with judges in the cases associated with dissolution of the Election Commission and the jailing of commissioners in May 2006.



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27 12 2010
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