Passports revoked, lese majeste invoked

27 05 2015

A couple of days ago PPT posted on former elected Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s comments on the links between military and privy council in orchestrating the 2014 military coup.

Thaksin stated that:

The military listened to the Privy Councilors…. When they didn’t want us to stay anymore, they made Suthep [Thaugsuban, leader of anti-government protests] come out, and then had the military help him. Some people from the palace circle also provided help, which made us powerless.

For most observers of Thailand’s politics, this is hardly a startling claim. After all, there is ample evidence of palace circles working against Thaksin from 2005.

But The Dictator is ticked off. He worked hard to create a perception that the palace was not involved in the 2014 coup in the same way that it had actively planned the 2006 putsch.

Not only did self-proclaimed dictator premier General Prayuth Chan-ocha get testy with Thaksin’s claim, but so did a bunch of royalists in the so-called Democrat Party who demanded that Thaksin’s Thai passport be removed from him.

AP reports that “Thai authorities said Wednesday they revoked two passports belonging to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra following an interview he gave in South Korea they said could affect national security.”

Apparently, the malleable folks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided that Thaksin’s comments amounted to several “crimes” against, as the report quotes them, “security, safety and pride.”

In the same report it was facetiously stated that “Deputy government spokesman Maj. Gen. Verachon Sukhonthapatiphak told reporters in Bangkok that Thaksin was not being targeted by the junta. He said the government had to take action after security agencies referred the issue to them.”

Nobody believes such military nonsense. Even less so when it is reported at AFP that “Thai police are investigating whether fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra committed royal defamation in a recent interview…”. Confirming the report, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan asserted that Thaksin’s “remarks were detrimental to the state and the monarchy.”

Thaksin already has several outstanding claims of lese majeste against him, dating back to 2009. It seems he has at least four lese majeste charges outstsnding, and if this accusation becomes a charge, that will be five. That could amount to 60 or more years jail if he ever returned to face the biased and deeply royalist courts.


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