Finishing off Puea Thai II

8 09 2016

The Nation has two reports on the military junta’s continuing efforts to finish off the Puea Thai Party before any “election.”

The first refers to the “likely exercise absolute power under [dictatorial] Article 44 of the interim charter to seize ex-politicians’ multi-billion-baht assets in connection with [allegedly] fake government-to-government (G-to-G) rice deals signed by former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom…”.

Because the “Commerce Ministry, which is responsible for filing civil liability lawsuits against the suspects, might not have the resources to confiscate the assets,” the junta will use its dictatorial powers.

Military lackey Wissanu Krea-ngam lied that the “move was not targeting any particular former politician…”. Seriously, Wissanu is either nuts or believes that Thais are nuts. This is no more than a measure to screw Puea Thai and to destroy it.

Of course, former premier Yingluck Shinawatra “is also facing criminal and civil liability lawsuits in relation to the rice-pledging scheme” and we may expect that she will also be neutered by these cases and perhaps jailed or bankrupted. (Jailing Sondhi Limthongkul may be a junta prelude to sending Yingluck to prison.)

The second story is about the lackey NationalAnti-Corruption Commission (NACC) “unanimously agreed to indict three former Pheu Thai MPs accused of malfeasance regarding a 2013 constitutional amendment that would have allowed the Senate to be fully elected.”

The NACC is attacking “former Sakon Nakhon MP Narisorn Thongthiras, former Nonthaburi MP Udomdej Ratanasatien and former Parliament president Somsak Kiatsuranont, who is also a politician from the then-ruling Pheu Thai Party.”