Arisman sentenced

3 12 2012

In an earlier post we called attention to the failure of Pitak Siam and the ramping up of judicial activism. A coincidence, perhaps, but the judicialization of politics and the politicization of the judiciary has been a royalist elite strategy for some years now.

Escaping the royalists

Escaping the royalists

Thus the decision, reported at the Bangkok Post, that red shirt leader Arisman Pongruangrong has been “sentenced to one year imprisonment by a the Criminal Court judge on Monday, with no suspension, in a judgement on a defamation case brought against him by Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.” This is a part of a larger process that is in place that is meant to punish those who challenge the monarchical-royalist status quo. Arisman claimed that Abhisit ordered the killing of red shirt protesters in 2009. The regime has always denied that any red shirts were killed in the 2009 events, and the events of that period remain very murky indeed, and haven’t received the same attention as the events of 2010, when it seems clear that the Army was given orders to shoot and kill. In 2009, only two bodies were located and yet the Army used live ammunition to fire at protesters.

Arisman’s lawyer has filed an application for bail.

Abhisit has yet to see a court room for his actions when premier.


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