Nobody should expect justice

16 10 2014

PPT hasn’t directly commented on the arrest of two migrant workers from Myanmar who have been charged with murdering two British tourists. There has been a media firestorm of reports that have become increasingly strident as it was realized that the Thai police are incompetent, use torture to gain confessions, and are remarkably corrupt (the two top cops have declared assets that combined are well in excess of 1.2 billion baht). More galling for those watching the hopeless police “investigations” have been the repeated statements from the military junta that have been deceitful and arrogant.

The arrogance is compounded in diplomatic circles:

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha today dismissed growing diplomatic concern about the case.

Prayuth denied that the Thai charge d’affaires in London, Nadhavathna Krishnamra, had been summoned over concerns about how Thai authorities have handled the case.

“They did not summon us. We went to provide clarification to them.

“We went to show them how we work. They might be surprised at how quickly we work but we explained the steps we have in place.”

“They” are indeed surprised. First by the fact that Prayuth simply lies. And, second, as the report citing these comments by The Dictator states: “A Thai judge sparked outrage today by pressing ahead with the trial of two Burmese bar workers accused of murdering British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.” The outrage is generated by the fact that “Lawyers for Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, who have retracted their confessions, begged for an adjournment saying they had no time to prepare their case.” The judge ignored that fact that the accused only met with lawyers 24 hours previously and went a head and “heard evidence from three key prosecution witnesses.”

PPT simply points out that everything that has happened with this case is pretty much normal in the Thai justice system. The police are indeed corrupt and hopeless, lacking the normal skills of investigation, and relying on torture and confessions. Judges are political tools, very often money grubbing, and appear to know little about the law, often making decisions that flout the constitution (when there is one) and disregarding other laws when it suits them. Some of the very worst examples involve lese majeste cases, where the refusal of the right to bail is “normal.”

Conviction rates are high because of collusion between police, judges and prosecutors, ignoring the torture, imprisonment that amounts to torture, beatings and publicizing of suspects by parading them before the media and having re-enact their “crimes.” Money and social class is a significant factor in many cases, for if one is wealthy and from a good – i.e. wealthy or high status – or powerful family then deals are almost always done.


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21 10 2014
The Dictator on the Thai justice shamozzle | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Here he shows how ridiculous the Thai (in)justice system is, for he will influence it. He will provide “fairness.” Nobody should ever expect fairness from the Thai (in)justice system. As PPT recently posted: […]

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25 10 2014
A lawless regime and its repression | Political Prisoners in Thailand

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