Abhisit, Suthep indictment becomes a yawn

30 10 2013

In a move that may soon be thrown aside by the politically daft amnesty bill, it is reported at the Bangkok Post, it is announced that: “Public prosecutors will indict former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban for murder.”

This indictment refers to their involvement with the state’s murder of red shirt protesters in April and May 2010.

Suthep has complained that the charges are poorly devised and will surely fail.  Veera Prateepchaikul at the Bangkok Post has explained the Suthep case, reproducing almost everything that Suthep has said. It seems Veera is a mouthpiece for the Democrat Party and Suthep.

None of the media we have consulted actually provide many details of the charges, so we are unable to judge the specifics of the case. PPT hoped that the state’s impunity would have been brought to an end with leaders being held responsible for their murderous actions and orders.

An AP photo from the Telegraph: Protesters surround the coffins which will be used for the bodies of their comrades killed in clashes with troops.

An AP photo: Protesters surround the coffins which will be used for the bodies of their comrades killed in clashes with troops, April 2010.

In fact, though, this indictment amounts to a storm in a teacup for it all seems a bit of a nonsense if the amnesty bill is to pass unamended. An unamended amnesty will reinforce impunity and will set the butchers of Bangkok free.

Indeed, the Puea Thai Party seems curiously unable to recognize its political inanity and has ordered its members in parliament to fall into line and vote for the amnesty bill. In fact, former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat bullied his party colleagues, warning that “any MP who votes against the amnesty bill would forfeit their chance to run under the Pheu Thai banner in the next general election.”

While some red shirt leaders say they oppose the bill but cannot support a position also held by the Democrat Party, they seem to miss the get-out-of-jail-free card they are about to hand those who chose to order their comrades shot down as they protested.



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