Supporting Suthep

9 01 2014

As most readers will know, essentially no leader of the various royalist and fascist movements since 2005 has any time in jail or even much time in the courts on the myriad of charges that have been laid against them over the periods of several governments. Red shirt leaders, however, have been jailed, disqualified from various positions and more. The red shirts have long pointed to these double standards.

Under the Yingluck Shinawatra administration, following several inquests that determined that the authorities had gunned down a number of red shirt protesters in 2010, charges of murder were laid against Suthep Thaugsuban and his sidekick Abhisit Vejjajiva. Neither has yet spent any serious time in a courtroom.army-snipers

Khaosod now reports that the “Office of Attorney General has given a deadline for PCAD leader Suthep Thaugsuban to meet with the prosecutors and proceed with his murder charges, according to the court spokesman.” Those who want to see Suthep stand trial for his alleged crimes may be enthused about this. However, not all is as it seems.

Since December, Suthep’s lawyers have repeatedly “postponed the meeting” with prosecutors “citing busy schedule.” Naturally, that “busy schedule” involves bringing down the elected government and organizing rallies to “shutdown Bangkok” and related illegal activities.

Suthep′s lawyers have now requested a further postponement.

Spokesman of the Office of Attorney General, Nantasak Poolsuk, said that:

the PCAD leader claimed he needed to closely oversee the protests scheduled on 7-13 January. Mr. Suthep also stated that if he was not present at the protests and take care of the demonstrations by himself, his numerous supporters might be harmed by ill-intentioned assailants, Mr. Nantasak said.

Suthep has requested that he meet with prosecutors on 6 February, presumably after the date he thinks he will have disposed of the elected government.

Startlingly, “the court has subsequently approved his request…”.

Breathtakingly, Nantasak said: “We decide that Mr. Suthep has no intention to delay the process…”.

You get the picture: let Suthep bring down the government and then the charges are meaningless. The double standards are both startling and breathtaking.


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