Back in July, PPT posted on the military dictatorship’s fear of Thaksin Shinawatra. In one post we noted that Thaksin has been outside Thailand, in self-imposed exile, since 2008. Yet the major threat to Thailand’s ruling elite and its military is none other than the man in Dubai. In another post, we noted ongoing purges of those considered “Thaksinites.” Just a couple of days ago, we posted on General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s blowup and rant over Thaksin.
Previous bouts of fretting and fear have seen attacks on political opponents, legal action against Yingluck Shinawatra and other members of the Shinawatra clan.
This round of trembling from the military gang appears to have resulted in more legal maneuvering against Thaksin himself. The Bangkok Post reports that the Criminal Court has “issued a warrant for the arrest of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra after he failed to show up for the first hearing in a defamation case filed against him by the army.”
The Office of the Judge-Advocate of the Army filed a complaint, apparently uncomprehending that Thaksin could criticize the military: “Thaksin is accused of defaming the army during interviews in South Korea from May 19-22…. In his interviews Thaksin falsely accused the army, portraying it as a ‘dreadful institution’ and a danger to the nation, according to the lawsuit.”
As far as PPT can tell, Thaksin was correct. He might have added that it is a corrupt and murderous gang.
The court accepted the lawsuit and when Thaksin’s lawyer told the court “his client could not be present since he is in political exile, residing in a foreign country,” the court issued a warrant. The courts and the military junta work hand-in-hand in these punishments that are meant to damage Thaksin and his supporters. In fact, it serves to demonstrate double standards and the military’s fear.