Updated: No investigations allowed

9 10 2016

Prachatai has a remarkable report on the military junta’s approach to corruption and regime maintenance.

It reports that the Deputy Director-General of the Department of Public Prosecutor Commission (DPPC) has been removed from his position after “he supported a call to investigate corruption allegations against the junta leader’s brother.”

Pongniwat Yuthapanboriparn, who is Attorney-General and Chair of the DPPC, “authorised an order to remove Poramet Intarachumnum…”. [Update: he was transferred to another post.]

He “was removed one week after he posted a long Facebook message on his account [now removed] about the corruption allegations against Gen Preecha Chan-o-cha, the Permanent Secretary of the Defence Ministry and brother of Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the [coup leader,] junta leader and [self-appointed] Prime Minister.”

The “prosecutor’s message … rebuked the junta leader’s statement mocking former Senator Ruangkrai Leekitwattana and Srisuwan Janya, Secretary-General of a political group called the Association to Protect the Thai Constitution (APTC).”

This sounds like one of the disgruntled yellows who has belatedly realized he has supported not just another anti-democrat but an egotistical power grabbing fascist.

Whether that’s the case or not, he’s gone. He dared to suggest an investigation into nepotism.

Prayuth had already threatened those calling for an investigation. Poramet supported those being threatened by The Dictator.

He was “removed because he is now being investigated for his Facebook message since it made headlines on many media outlets.”

Fearful or just arrogant, there shall be no investigations of the military or junta.

Update: At The Nation, it is reported that the Attorney General has “denied bowing to pressure from ‘those in power’ in the transfer of his deputy…”. He is now the subject of a probe because he made his views public.