The military court and Thanathorn

9 04 2019

According to Khaosod, the military junta has again defended its use of military courts.

Of course, this is because the sudden charges, including treason, against Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit are to be heard by a military court.

Col. Winthai Suvari, spokesman for the junta, “insisted … on the fairness of the junta’s order to try civilians charged with violating security laws in military courts.”

For background on this “fairness” under the junta, see the iLaw article, “Top 5 memorable works of the Military Court.” On the very significant differences between civil and military courts, where the latter deny many of the rights that the accused have in the former, see “Military Court in Thailand under NCPO regime.” And for more detailed information on the military court, see “Military Rule: The Military Court – We only follow orders.”

Under the junta, almost 2,000 people have been tried in military courts.The junta has used military courts precisely because these courts make it easier to convict people because their normal civilian rights and the usual procedures of civil courts are not followed.


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