Abhisit, Suthep and guilt

16 01 2013

PPT’s reading of the Democrat Party’s latest legal move is that it amounts to a legal admission of culpability.

According to the Bangkok Post, the “Democrat Party’s legal team has resolved to next week file a criminal suit against Department of Special Investigation chief Tarit Pengdit and three DSI investigators for having filed false murder charges against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban in their handling of the red-shirt protests in 2010.” The Party says it wants “the court to quickly consider and rule on the case…”.

Shooting red shirts

Shooting red shirts

The Democrat Party claim is that under “Article 17 of the executive decree for administration in emergency situations, or the emergency law, provides protection for those in authority who perform their duty on orders from their superiors to maintain law and order in the country.”

While there is the possibility that this article grants protection to juniors and not the superiors (although we are willing to be corrected on this), essentially, Abhisit and Suthep have always maintained that no one was killed by Army bullets. That they now seek to claim a refuge and protection under the emergency decree is an implicit admission that soldiers and other authorities, acting under this decree were ordered to shoot and kill protesters.

In essence, Abhisit and Suthep now admit deaths by security forces acting on their orders but claim impunity under a decree they manufactured for the purpose of violently clearing protesters.


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2 03 2013
Yingluck in power | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] investigations have made progress under this government. Abhisit and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban do face murder charges. Can anyone imagine any progress on this matter if Abhisit was still premier? In addition, the […]

2 03 2013
Yingluck in power «Political Prisoners of Thailand Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] investigations have made progress under this government. Abhisit and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban do face murder charges. Can anyone imagine any progress on this matter if Abhisit was still premier? In addition, the […]




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