Updated: The judicial coup continues II

14 06 2012

In a follow-up to our earlier post on the continuing judicial intervention against the Puea Thai government, there’s an interesting and brief confirmation of strategy at the Bangkok Post:

Under present circumstance, the “outside factor” is not ripe enough to compel the armed forces to stage a coup. The ammart (elite) will use soldiers as a last resort to fight Thaksin Shinawatra and his supporters. Now the elite is waiting to see what happens in the judicial process and among independent organisations. If the government interferes with them, that could provide the grounds for staging a coup.

That all seems pretty clear, and the Yingluck Shinawatra government should not believe that sucking up to the amart and doing their work for them will amount to anything. As soon as the amart wants the government gone, they can arrange it as they control the judiciary and military.

Update: A reader points out a string of court cases reported in The Nation, of which this bit is of particular interest:

… the Criminal Court postponed until July 18 a ruling on whether to try former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat for abuse of power in connection with the crackdown on yellow shirts in October 2008.

The anti-riot operations took place near Parliament where the yellow shirts staged a blockade to prevent the Somchai government from delivering a policy statement. Five victims sued for what they viewed as an excessive use of force to cause bloodshed.