Updated: Commentary in the press on Amsterdam and Peroff report

1 02 2011

Earlier PPT posted regarding lawyers for the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), Amsterdam and Peroff, presenting “Application to Investigate the Situation of the Kingdom of Thailand with regard to the Commission of Crimes Against Humanity” to the International Criminal Court. Here we link to some of the media commentary:

Wall Street Journal notes Thaksin’s role, a point taken up in the next piece.

An interview with Robert Amsterdam in Spiegel Online, with some choice cuts here:

We have a reasonable basis to argue that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva personally ordered the military to assassinate the Red Shirt leaders. When that plan was botched, he authorized the army to brutally clamp down on unarmed demonstrators. Not only did he approve of the firing order, he even deployed snipers against them.

We have hundreds of affidavits. The most impressive of these originate from some of the closest aides to Abhisit himself, others from well placed high ranking officers. The picture that you get after reading this evidence is crystal clear: Abhisit gave a carte blanche style order to the military to massacre civilians with the only goal of eliminating the Red Shirt opposition.

It is known that Amsterdam and Peroff claim that Abhisit is British and that allows ICC jurisdiction. Abhisit’s response is in an AFP report: “I am a Thai citizen, not Montenegrin…”.

Reuters: “Some of the most potentially explosive accusations said to come from sources inside the military are that journalists and medical workers were specifically targeted to prevent evidence of killings from being recorded, and that soldiers posing as medical workers took away dead bodies to two hospitals where incriminating evidence was destroyed by way of cremation.”

Bangkok Post: “Democrat Party spokesman Buranat Samutrak said the move to petition the ICC was part of Thaksin’s drive to discredit Thailand and pave the way for international bodies to interfere in the country’s affairs.”

The Post includes this tidbit of great interest: “In another development, Phayaw and Natthaputt Akkahad, mother and brother of Kamolket, a volunteer nurse who was found shot dead at Wat Pathum Wanaram after the protest dispersal operation on May 19, 2010, have failed to obtain a visa to Britain after they received an invitation from the House of Lords to discuss the controversy surrounding the death of Kamolket. The hearing in London will be held tomorrow.”

Update: More links on this story: Daily Times Pakistan, Gulf Times, Channel News Asia, Zee News, MSN Malaysia, Radio Australia, TelegraphBloomberg, PRNewswire.

The Nation: Amsterdam says “Thailand has demonstrated a complete absence of the rule of law“.

Government response in Bangkok Post: “Lawyer Robert Amsterdam is simply ‘deceiving a billionaire’ for the money he can earn by filing a case with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the government under Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva for alleged crimes against humanity during the red-shirt protest in April-May last year, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said on Tuesday.”