DSI investigates anti-monarchy conspiracy map

5 01 2012

In a story at The Nation that PPT has already quoted in another post, there is a tantalizing tidbit regarding the infamous anti-monarchy plot diagram hastily produced by the previous Democrat Party-led government and used by the military-dominated Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situations during the red shirt demonstrations in 2010.

For those who might not know, CRES was an organization established to “manage” and eventually break the red shirt protests. It spent a fortune on “controlling” and repressing, with an early estimate exceeding 4 billion baht over a period of a few months. The real figure is likely to be far more as CRES wasn’t dissolved until late December 2010.

Then, Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd the CRES spokesman said: “The lifting of the decree will be like a New Year’s present to the Thai people…. It will reassure them that our nation is returning to normal.” Just for good measure, the mendacious Colonel Sansern added: “I can categorically deny that the army has killed or hurt any Red Shirts or protesters, including the Japanese journalist…”. Sansern made this claim several times. Did anyone believe him? Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban seemed to.

That’s the background to the story in The Nation on the Department of Special Investigation investigating the plot.

The anti-monarchy plot diagram

Of course, DSI has remarkable political agility, being able to transform overnight from rabid, royalist supporters of Abhisit’s regime to political pussycats cuddling up to new Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung. Now the hastily cobbled together anti-monarchy plot maphas become a piece of evidence, but there is reluctance on the part of DSI boss Tharit Pengdit to use it. The Nation says this:

…the Department of Special Investigation team probing the “diagram of the plot to overthrow the monarchy” has not obtained permission from its director-general Tarit Pengdith to summon Suthep Thaugsuban, former deputy prime minister and ex-director of the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), to testify about the diagram.

DSI deputy chief Prawet Moonpramuk, who heads the investigation, said yesterday that the agency wanted to know how the names in the diagram were collected, as the probe into the diagram had not progressed after more than a year.

However, Tarit gave permission to the DSI to summon on January 12 Thawil Pliensri, the former National Security Council secretary-general and former CRES secretary-general, to explain about the making of the diagram, according to Prawet.

That might seem a step forward, but PPT thinks the resurrection of the diagram could be used by royalists again if the current political conflict escalates and royalists go after so-called anti-monarchists again.

To that point, Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut has:

criticised the DSI for trying to imply that there was no movement campaigning to overthrow the monarchy. He was referring to the fact that DSI officials recently told the media they believed people mentioned in the diagram acted separately and were not part of a movement.

The Democrat Party – what a mischievous name – disagrees and is again denouncing others in cinemas.



3 responses

6 01 2012
Suthep’s convenient amnesia « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] fact, Suthep’s amnesia reveals, as PPT said in a post yesterday, the eel-like political slipperiness of DSI and its director Tharit Pengdit. We said: “DSI […]

31 01 2012
Plots « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] on the words of other members of the party who have constructed the notion of a plot since the anti-monarchy plot map. Chuan hasn’t provided any evidence apart from a claim that there are “unsigned […]

31 01 2012
Plots « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] on the words of other members of the party who have constructed the notion of a plot since the anti-monarchy plot map. Chuan hasn’t provided any evidence apart from a claim that there are “unsigned petitions or […]

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