About two weeks ago we mentioned in a post that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra had called on The Dictator, General Prayuth Chan-ocha to be more accepting of criticism. At the time we said that there was fat chance of that. In fact, since then, the junta has become more intolerant and deeply repressive and oppressive.
At the time, Yingluck revealed that Prayuth “used to tell her that enforcing laws to dismiss people who fail to comply with policies or force anyone to work for the administration would worsen the political conflict.” We said that statement was likely to be “explosive.” It took two weeks, but the result of The Dictator’s explosion is now delivered to Yingluck.
The Bangkok Post reports that a “government committee has concluded that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra must pay 286.64 billion baht in compensation for her loss-ridden rice-pledging programme.” We know that this “bill” was at the urging of The Dictator himself.
Whenever the junta gets worried about “opposition,” it always blames Thaksin Shinawatra and his clan and the result is a bunch of arrests, threats and legal cases.
This figure was disclosed during “Yingluck’s trial before the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders” where the junta seeks to have her jailed and thus banned from politics prior to the holding of any junta-directed “election.”
The head of the committee, Jirachai Moonthongroy, probably committed perjury, saying the committee “had not been ordered to speed up its investigation and no parties had set a direction for its findings beforehand.” This is almost certainly a lie and a nonsense.
We know that Prayuth directly intervened to “order the Commerce Ministry to speed up issuing an order to demand 20 billion baht in compensation from six individuals implicated in alleged fake government-to-government (G2G) rice deals…”. This statement was made by the government and junta spokesman.
Prayuth is a busy body, vindictive and knows nothing of anything resembling “good governance.” As Jirachai is deputy permanent secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, it is virtually beyond any doubt that The Dictator would not have ranted, raved and ordered on Yingluck.
Prayuth is politically determined to neuter “politicians,” but he considers that it is only the Shinawatra clan that he can’t control. So fines, jail and exile are the junta’s measures used against them and the Puea Thai Party and red shirts.