With 3 updates: Army boss takes aim at Amsterdam

18 08 2012

Prayuth

Matichon has yet another story that indicates that Army boss General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his cohort of politicized and coup-making generals are deeply worried that the long cherished impunity enjoyed by the Army (and other state officials) when it murders citizens is threatened.

Prayuth has sent one of his minions to the Lumpini police station to lodge a defamation complaint against red shirt lawyer and Thaksin Shinawatra’s international lawyer Robert Amsterdam and an unnamed Thai woman who is reportedly a “translator and owner of the Asia Update TV station.” We don’t think the translator is an owner; it probably means that the owner of Asia Update is also mentioned in the complaint.

The complaint apparently relates to a speech made by Amsterdam at a rally on 19 May. His English speech was translated and carried through Asia Update. The text of the speech was considered “insulting to the army, leading to damage and discredit the army…”. PPT reckons the Army is pretty good at discrediting itself.

It seems that the police officers sent the case forward on 17 August.

Amsterdam

The Matichon report states that the allegations attributed to Amsterdam relate to a statement he made regarding the fact that the Army purchased weapons from the U.S. and then used them to kill protesters. It is a fact that the Army has purchased weapons from the U.S. He also reportedly said that the Army received sniper training from the U.S. That is also true.

It is clear that Prayuth and his brass are trying to cover up and mislead regarding the Army’s murderous role in April and May 2010. Perhaps for the first time, the Army brass is concerned that they are being called out and might – just might – be held accountable for the murder of citizens.

It does seem remarkable that Prayuth would go after a translator. Is he that frightened by the “revelations” that he has to resort to such pathetic actions? How is he going to stop the videos and photos of the Army at work against civilians circulating? In this instance, the truth is already out there. If he believes he can still blot out the truth, his thinking is in a different century.

Update 1Prachatai (and reproduced at Thai E-News) has produced documentary evidence of the brass ordering the use of snipers. We won’t repeat it all here, but the implications for the Army leadership and the civilian leadership of the government are clear if there is any serious investigation. The Bangkok Post now has a short account of the Army boss going after Amsterdam and an “unidentified woman” who translated his speech.

Update 2: The Bangkok Post now has a short account of the Army boss going after Amsterdam and an “unidentified woman” who translated his speech.

Update 3: The Nation has a longer story, with some extra details.

 


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