Elite impunity

20 12 2015

Judicial double standards are pretty much the only standards in the royalist elite’s Thailand. The military has always had impunity when it murders citizens and run its coups. So it seems do civilian and military-backed regimes that have ordered murderous crackdowns.

It was in April and May 2010 that Abhisit Vejjajiva and Suthep Thaugsuban presided over to murderous military attacks on red shirt protesters.

Their prosecution had been recommended by the Department of Special Investigation. Its recommendation followed “several court rulings that found some protesters were shot dead by soldiers acting on the orders of the now-defunct Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), set up by the then-Democrat [Party]-led government under Mr Abhisit.”

On Friday, the Appeal Court again delayed, until 17 February 2016, its ruling in a case involving these two. The delay was caused by Suthep simply not showing up in court.

In August 2014, the Criminal Court dismissed murder charges against Abhisit and Suthep ruling “it did not have jurisdiction in the case, which should have been brought before the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Position-Holders.”

Abhisit and Suthep have always “denied the charges and submitted a petition to the court arguing the DSI did not have the power to handle the investigation.”

The Criminal Court then ruled that “the two men had declared a state of emergency and ordered soldiers to clamp down on the protesters, and allowed them to use weapons and live ammunition to retake areas occupied by red-shirt demonstrators.” It decided that the two had ordered the murderous military attacks “in their legal capacity as prime minister and deputy prime minister” and these were not criminal attacks.

It does seem that only red shirts are subject to the courts and horrendously unfair treatment.


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