Military corruption

19 08 2014

With all of the claims about weaponry that have gone on since at least 2010, accentuated in recent weeks as the military dictatorship staged weapons seizures around the country, like many others, PPT was struck by a report at the Bangkok Post detailing the military’s loss of dozens of weapons.

This is just one of a string of similar reports over all these years, here and here, for example. Part of the reason for the loss of weapons is a culture of corruption in the military.

We also know that the Army has repeatedly killed its own citizens in both high-profile public events, sometimes associated with military coups, and in black operations, including assassination plots. When accused of these atrocities, the military has impunity but still usually lies about the events.

This new report refers to “[d]ozens of weapons seized during criminal cases have been stolen from a military court storage facility in Bangkok, the Defence Ministry’s Judge Advocate General’s Department…”. While initial reports were of these weapons being some of those “seized” in recent junta-initiated raids, this has since been denied. Many probably felt that the “missing” weapons were simply being returned to the units that supplied them for the “raids.”

However, “Judge Advocate General Gen Jira Komutpong insisted the stolen weapons were not involved with recent cases of political unrest or the military’s recent raids to confiscate illegal weapons, and that only about 40 guns had been stolen, not 54 as reported earlier by the media.”

General Jira’s explanation is interesting in itself, even if his story about the origin of the weapons is supect (at least to some in the media). He says:

All the stolen weapons are from criminal cases in which the culprits were military personnel…. Some of the cases involved relatively minor infractions, such as carrying weapons in public places without permission, while others included attempted murder, murder and money extortion cases….

PPT certainly can believe that the military is riddled with lawless gangsters. However, the repeated “loss” of weapons – at the very time that the military junta is boosting its budget – suggests that the taxpayer is paying for the privatization of profits in the military’s ranks. That’s not new, either. The military and other authorities have long engaged in gun-running, illegal mining, illegal forestry, people and drug smuggling, gambling, protection rackets, and much more.

And, yes, these are the people running the country right now, claiming they are “clean” and all politicians are evil.

 


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5 10 2016
Promoting political allies III | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] of these weapons were abandoned by the military during the events of April and May 2010. Second, it is known that weapons illegally sold by corrupt officers and simply “missing” from military […]

5 10 2016
Promoting political allies III | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] of these weapons were abandoned by the military during the events of April and May 2010. Second, it is known that weapons illegally sold by corrupt officers and simply “missing” from military […]