Updated: Throwbacks

23 09 2013

(PPT apologizes in advance for being rather silly when assessing PART. Read on…)

PPT was wide-eyed when reading a report at the Bangkok Post about a brand new anti-Thaksin Shinawatra group with a brand new tactic for bringing the Puea Thai-led government down: going to the courts!

We weren’t really stunned, we’re fibbing. We were really just amazed at how boringly predictable this lot are. That said, being predictable or boring doesn’t mean that their tactics won’t be successful.

The People Assembly Reforming Thailand – yes, that’s PART – is reportedly about to “launch a legal challenge to the government’s 2-trillion-baht borrowing bill for infrastructure development projects,” which will see it asking the Constitutional Court to rule, yet again, against the government based on its royalist interpretation of the military junta-tutored 2007 constitution.

PART is composed of the usual old farts – sorry, couldn’t resist – of the yellow-shirted, royalist groups that get established by the dozen each time a new anti-government gimmick is required, although simply shuffling a known deck is hardly useful gimmickry.old-farts-and-jackasses

And, oh yes, the Democrat Party “also intends to launch legal action.” How predictable.

PART even got together at its usual spot, the decidedly yellow  National Institute of Development Administration, where it was also led by the usual suspects. One of them was

One of Part’s leaders was People’s Alliance for Democracy leader and former Democrat Party MP Somkiat Pongpaibul. Another was NIDA’s own former PAD stage performer Pichai Rattanadilok Na Phuket.

He let it be known that PART “also discussed other issues including the rising cost of living, the amnesty bill, and the charter amendment bill.” What a surprise!

Preeda Tiasuwan, chairman of Pranda Jewellery and head of the Businessmen for Democracy and Environment Club (any link there?), managed to come up with the usual royalist complaint that politicians can’t sold the “country’s problems,” although apart from the yellow lot’s opposition to elected representation, the reason for this view isn’t explained.

Meanwhile, a Senate committee dominated by the unelected variety managed to criticize Yingluck Shinawatra’s policies as “populist.” The Democrat Party agrees and is going to launch an alternative economic policy with its old Thai Khem Khaeng projects “as a model showing how money under budget laws could be better spent.

The Thai Khemkaeng projects were the subject of criticism and didn’t amount to much.

This is all ever so boringly old; indeed, a bunch of throwbacks coming up with throwback ideas. Yet, the old farts of PART have some supporters in the judiciary, so maybe the throwbacks are onto something (again).

Update: Above, we noted that Democrat Party’s return to Thai Khemkaeng. At the Bangkok Post, it is noted that a part of the Party’s “alternative” scheme would “serve public needs better as it would cover all regions of the country equally and fairly…”. The report specified the northeast which:

often suffers droughts and studies have shown hundreds of billions of baht would be required to solve this problem, Mr Abhisit said. The government should spend some of the money on ending water shortages in the Northeast, he said.

“The government has often talked about poverty in Isan, but it chooses not to spend in this region,” he said.

 We were reminded that “solving” this problem would almost invariably be an ecological disaster if the “studies” mentioned are those that began as far as the Green Isan project initiated by Chavalit Yongchaiyudh in the mid-1980s. The Democrat Party’s penchant for old ideas is remarkable.





Courts

27 12 2012

Several news stories relate to the judiciary deserve some attention.

First, PPT has criticized several court decisions as royalist politics. However, occasionally some good sense emanates from a court. The Criminal Court has made a useful decision when it “dismissed a libel case lodged by former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva against red-shirt leader and former MP Jatuporn Promphan…”. The court ruled that democratic politics meant that, “… a verbal attack cannot be regarded as defamation in accordance with the Penal Code…”.That seems to us to be a reasonable point.

Abhisit has fired off at least four defamation cases against Jatuporn and seems likely to appeal this decision. Of course, politicians on both sides of the current political sandwich are equally likely to shout defamation and head for the courts.

Thai politics is full of allegations, some of which are outrageous claims. It makes little real sense for politicians to use defamation laws against each claim yet they tend to see the courts as a political resort when they feel  injured. It is related to what, in the context of lese majeste, David Streckfuss calls the “defamation regime”: “a social and political formation that over time develops a kind of ‘defamation thinking’ and ‘impulse’ that focuses on the insult of the defamatory statement, often at the expense of the truth” (xv).

Second, People’s Alliance for Democracy leaders and acolytes are back in court in on-again, off-again trials that date back to their actions in 2008. In one case, an appeals court has upheld one of the few convictions recorded so far against PAD. In this case, Preecha Treecharoon’s conviction for attempted murder related to his use of “a truck to run over a police officer in charge of crowd control on October 7, 2008, near Parliament.” The court increased his prison term to 34 years.

In the same report, Sondhi Limthongkul, Chamlong Srimuang, Somkiat Pongpaibul, Pipop Thongchai, Maleerat Kaewka and Praphan Koonmee “pleaded not guilty [in two cases] to criminal violations in connection with the 2008 protests at Government House and Parliament.” The charges involve “illegal assembly, breach of the peace, coercion and illegal detention…”. As usual, they sought bail and continuing delays may be expected. Red shirt leaders regularly end up in jail while PAD people almost never sit behind bars.





PAD hates elections and voters

26 02 2012

Chamlong

A story in the the Bangkok Post a couple of days ago deserves some attention. It is a story that has the People’s Alliance for Democracy “threatening legal action and mass rallies in response to the government’s charter amendment bid.” To be sure, there is nothing surprising there.  PPT has been posting for some time that PAD and other anti-Thaksin Shinawatra stalwarts have been getting back together to oppose the Yingluck Shinawatra government, and supporting the military junta’s 2007 constitution is the chosen political location for that.

What is interesting in the story is PAD’s complete rejection of elections and voters. PAD co-leader Chamlong Srimuang reportedly stated that a “charter rewrite would greatly damage the nation and the PAD would not tolerate it.”

PAD leader and former Democrat Party parliamentarian Somkiat Pongpaibul proclaimed that “the charter change as an attempt to create a new kind of state, which he said was unacceptable.” This is a pretext for Somkiat’s declaration that “PAD would stage major protests against charter change if the government pressed ahead with it.”

Another PAD leader Phipob Dhongchai defended the military’s constitution and engaged in some not very startling conspiricist “logic” that is PAD’s stock in trade. He reckons that a constitutional rewrite is about Thaksin, claiming, the “connections were clear…. Pheu Thai is the ruling party and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is Thaksin’s sister. The clear goal of the charter rewrite move is to secure an amnesty for Thaksin and introduce a new power structure in the country.”

PAD spokesman Panthep Puapongpan added that “politicians in power would control the CDA because the 77 drafters would be elected from each of the provinces and House members would select 22 other drafters who were experts. He said the CDA would create a whole new charter that would pave the way for a parliamentary dictatorship.”

Of course, the idea of electing members of the CDA is simply abhorrent fro Panthep and PAD. They think elections are part of a pro-Thaksin conspiracy and that voters are duped, paid and stupid.

This “analysis” was supported by the usual group of mostly appointed senators, in positions created by the junta and its constitution, with the deep yellow Rosana Tositakul opining that “there was an obvious intent to control the executive, legislative and judicial branches and nullify the criminal charges against Thaksin.” When she adds that “the constitution had been endorsed by 14 million people in a referendum,” she is ignoring the fact that the military dominated the process of developing the constitution, establishing, lecturing and controlling the drafting body.

Rosana

As just one example of the commentary at the time, the Asian Human Rights Commission stated that “the military junta … has coerced, threatened, bought and cajoled part of the electorate into passing its 309-article constitution on August 19.” It noted that half the country was under martial – i.e. military – law and that “[o]pponents of the draft were intimidated and materials confiscated from houses and post offices. Protestors against the coup have been charged with criminal offences.” All in all, the AHRC concluded that it “regrets the passing of this regressive charter…”.

The fact that the constitution allows change – and by a relatively simple method – is ignored. The fact that the People Power Party and Puea Thai Party both campaigned with promises to amend the constitution and that both received very strong electoral support count for nothing with PAD’s leadership.

PAD, their supporters in the senate and others of their ilk simply hate the idea that voters and elections count for anything or that their voice should be heard.





They’re back with the same ideas and tactics

21 01 2012

At The Nation there is a report that deserves some attention simply because it is a distorted mirror of events in early 2008.

On Friday the ultra-nationalist and ultra-royalist People’s Alliance for Democracy held a public meeting “to mark the Chinese New Year” and the event saw its four core leaders “vowed to resume the struggle against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.”

Sondhi

Big boss Sondhi Limthongkul didn’t attend as he was in China, apparently receiving acupuncture treatment (at Chinese New Year??). Sounding decidedly Thaksin-like, he phoned in.

Showing how bereft of ideas and how anti-democratic the PAD is, Sondhi “said the military should stage a coup in cooperation with the people in order to wrestle a complete control of the country from Thaksin.”

In essence, Sondhi and PAD are sick of an electoral process where the “will of the people” is not what they want. We doubt this call is in line with Section 68 of the constitution, but PAD uses constitutions rather than accepts the principles embedded in them.

Pledging “a make-or break struggle,” Sondhi said that PAD isn’t going to just focus on street-level politics, “but a complete seizure of power…”.

In a harking back to the PAD of yore, Sondhi made the compulsory complaint that “he feared for the future of the monarchy if the Thaksin camp had its way.”

Another PAD leader Phipob Dhongchai said the movement “stood ready to step out and fight against the domination of rogue capitalists over the political system.” He mumbled something about “ethics” as his boss called for a coup….

Like Sondhi and his clique, Phipob hates the idea that people vote, but he drew solace from his claim that the Puea Thai Party only received a paltry 15 million votes. PPT recalls that the party of PAD, which kind of had a falling out amongst the leadership because they knew they were hopeless, got almost no votes. But still Phipob, sounding delusional if not fascist, states “PAD was ready to lead the people to victory in safeguarding the country.”

Another PAD leader, the former Democrat Party parliamentarian Somkiat Pongpaibul, “said he expected a final showdown with the Thaksin regime.” Never short of an outlandish fabrication, this time Somkiat borders on the maniacal when he:

claimed about the regime was contracting some 5,000 Cambodian and Vietnamese mercenaries to topple the monarchy in order to inaugurate a republic.

He expected “PAD will pour into the streets at the first sign of changing charter provisions pertaining the monarchy and granting amnesty for Thaksin…”.

Now he’s confused us, where did those mercenaries go??

Chamlong

PAD’s other leader, the always grinning Chamlong Srimuang said he was sure of “the invincibility of the people’s power.” Except, of course, the power of voters.

PPT will be interested to see how much traction PAD gets. Their front organizations in Tul Sitthisomwong’s multi-colors, the Sayam Prachapiwat anti-Nitirat lawyers, and Siam Samakkhi have been setting the scene for a full PAD rebirth.

We tend to think that it requires mis-steps by the Yingluck Shinawatra government for PAD to get much support. That is not to discount the possibility of support for PAD in high or armed places that would also provide impetus.





PAD re-emerges

8 10 2011

There have been several pundits who have claimed that the People’s Alliance for Democracy is a spent force. PPT has suggested that PAD has never really gone away, and that the groups who have supported it – mainly royalist businesspeople and palace-military figures – can reactivate the movement as required.

The Nation reports that the “yellow-shirt movement …[has] threatened to take to the streets again if the government continues trying to get fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra a royal pardon.”

PAD spokesman Panthep Puapongpan “added that the PAD was also against a campaign launched by a group of legal scholars called ‘Nitirat’ (Citizens of Law) calling for all judicial decisions resulting from the 2006 coup to be invalidated. The yellow shirts are convinced that this move is aimed at expunging the Supreme Court verdict against Thaksin…”.

Panthep is reported as telling the small crowd that PAD feared the “Constitution would be changed to allow the return of ‘Thaksin’s authoritarian regime’.” This is reminiscent of the revitalization of PAD in 2008 against the elected pro-Thaksin government led by Samak Sundaravej.

Also reminiscent of that time is the close coordination between PAD and the Democrat Party. The rhetoric and political actions of the party and PAD are again aligning.

An interesting footnote to the PAD story is that its statements came as, the report says: “PAD leaders, including Sondhi Limthongkul, Chamlong Srimuang, Phipob Thongchai and Somkiat Pongpaiboon, joined other yellow-shirt supporters at the Royal Plaza yesterday morning to give alms to monks to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the 2007 crackdown.”

This is apparently an error by the reporters. PPT believes the report means to refer to the third anniversary of a failed 7 October 2008 police attempt to move PAD demonstrators from the parliament area – the Bangkok Post gets it right and see a sympathetic account of events here.

PAD has issued a “statement calling on the government to provide fair compensation to yellow-shirt protesters injured or killed during the police crackdown on the PAD rally four [sic.] years ago…. The PAD spokesman said yesterday that in reality 10 people had been killed during the crackdown and more than 1,000 injured, with seven losing their limbs due to the teargas explosion.

As far as PPT can determine from media reports and PAD websites, the usual claim is for two dead. In fact, one of these was killed in his own car bomb that detonated prematurely. Most reports are of 300-400 PAD supporters and police injured. It is unclear if PAD are creating a new myth or whether the inaccurate reporters simply got it wrong (again).

PPT thinks that PAD and its supporters in academia, business, media, military, and palace deserve to be watched over the next few months as they seek to again mobilize against an elected government by rekindling claims about “authoritarianism.”





PAD gets a bill, perhaps

25 03 2011

After more than 2 years, a decision has been made in one court case against the People’s Alliance for Democracy for their occupation of Bangkok’s airports.

PAD at the airport

The Bangkok Post reports that the “Civil Court on Friday ordered 13 leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to pay 522 million baht in damages to Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) for the eight-day blockade of Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports in late 2008.”

The defendants in the case included all the main PAD leaders: “Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang, Sondhi Limthongkul, Pibhop Dhongchai, Somsak Kosaisuk, Suriyasai Katasila, Somkiat Pongpaibul, Saranyu Wongkrajang, Sirichai Mai-ngam and Maleerat Kaewka.”

The court is reported to have “ruled that the seizure of the two international airports forced the suspension of air services, causing both physical and commercial damage to the AoT. The 13 defendants are, therefore, ordered to pay the AoT 522 million baht damages, plus 7.5 per cent interest starting Dec 3, 2008 when the occupation of the airports ended. The court also ordered them to pay the AoT’s legal fees in the case, 80,000 baht.”

While AoT president Sereerat Pasutanont is said to have satisfied with the court’s ruling, we suspect that  the person most satisfied might be Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. He will no doubt claim that such a verdict “proves” that there are no double standards whenever he seeks to electorally legitimize his government. Maybe Abhisit, who wanted to thank the boys and girls in yellow back in 2008, when they helped hoist him to power, is now regretting dropping the case on the PAD occupation of Government House (thanks to Bangkok Pundit for reminding us of this).

Of course, as is usually the case, PAD will appeal the decision. So unimportant did they consider this decision, that not one of the leaders even bothered to attend court. So the bill will remain unpaid for some time yet.





Cleansing the Democrat Party

20 03 2011

A few days ago the Bangkok Post had a report that may be of interest to readers if it was missed (as it was by us initially).

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban is reported to have broken with Somkiat Pongpaibul, one of the core leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy who is also a Democrat MP from Korat.

In fact, as far as we recall at PPT, Suthep was never as close to PAD as Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij or even Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Even so, Suthep’s outspoken rejection of Somkiat is significant. He stated that the Democrat Party would drop Somkiat for the next election. Suthep said:

This is not a party resolution yet. But if you ask me, I’d say we won’t field him as an MP candidate of our party. I say this straightforwardly and I couldn’t say anything else….

He added:

We can’t fire anyone. But if we decide not to field him in the election, he won’t stay with us. It’s natural. I have said that because Mr Somkiat has already chosen his own path, which is different from that of the party….

The reason for this rejection is ostensibly because Somkiat “told yellow shirt supporters on the PAD’s rally stage that in the next 10 days, people would realise that there would not be a general election anymore.”

Abhisit Vejjajiva also chastised Somkiat and suggested he reconsider his Democrat Party membership. In return, Somkiat attacked Abhisit.

Somkiat

Somkiat has always erratic, but the Democrat Party was happy enough to field him in 2007 and he campaigned vigorously. As Korn indicated several times, the Democrat Party was happy to support Somkiat and PAD as long as they worked for the overthrow of elected governments and get the Democrat Party into government.

Korn (and Kasit) have both repudiated PAD in recent days.

All of this is part of an effort to “cleanse” the Democrat Party of PAD links before an election. The Party knows that these links are highly damaging with voters who see the Party’s double standards.

The Democrat Party needs to shed PAD for the purposes of election and hence Somkiat will be thrown aside. At the same time, other yellow-hued members of the Democrat Party are warned.





Abhisit’s mendaciousness

8 09 2010

Every so often, Prime Minster Abhisit Vejjajiva gets on his high horse about rules and laws and talks seemingly seriously about the qualities of democracy. But like a smart aleck public school lad, he ignores his own faults while chastising and hectoring others.

The Nation tells that Abhisit has lectured the Puea Thai Party on reconciliation and the principles of democracy. He has demanded that the party “clearly identify their relationship with the group that rejects rules and resorts to violence”.

Abhisit didn’t identify the “group” but The Nation says it is the red-shirt movement.

The pompous premier went further, saying that: “If the Pheu Thai Party wants to exchange views and work on this [reconciliation], then they should be clear about their relationship with the people who are moving in other directions…”. He is said to have “explained” that those “who rejected rules and resorted to violence had caused the recent crisis, and if the turmoil was not politically motivated, then it would never have expanded.”

PPT is interested in these comments by the premier because it demonstrates his ability to fault others while ignoring or even hiding his own flaws and history. We’ll make just a couple of points.

First, as far as we can tell, the weight of violence lies with the government. We’ve said it before and it bears repeating: the vast majority of those killed and injured in April and May were red shirt protesters. The evidence currently available suggests that these dead and injured were targeted by government forces.

Second, Abhisit preaches to others while forgetting that people close to him – Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya and a swathe of Democrat Party MPs and members, including People’s Alliance for Democracy leader Somkiat Pongpaibul – all justified the PAD;s  rejection of the rules and resorted to violence. So did Abhisit.

Third, and most tellingly, Abhisit gave support for the use of political violence when he chose to attend the funeral of failed PAD car bomber Police Lt-Colonel Methee Chatmontri, a member of PAD and one of its leaders in Buriram. He wasn’t the only big name there. Here’s a reminder:

Anand [Panyarachun} and PAD leaders were among the grievers attending the funeral rites at Somanas Rajaworaviharn Temple for Methee, a retired policeman who was the head of the guards for PAD supporters.

Methee was killed when a vehicle exploded near him during the October 7 police crackdown on protesters outside Parliament. [This is The Nation making things up; he was in the car with the bomb.]….

At Methee’s cremation, besides leaders and members of the PAD, were politicians from the opposition Democrat Party and current and former senators.

Opposition Leader Abhisit Vejjajiva was greeted with shouts of “new prime minister” from the PAD followers, who also rattled their hand-clappers in a show of support.

PAD websites still claim the dead car bomber as a hero. More on the PAD “hero” here.

PPT thinks Abhisit should get his own house in order before lecturing others on democracy, rules, law and violence.





Updated: PAD, police and courts

26 08 2010

Ever so slowly, the cases against People’s Alliance for Democracy, including the one we posted on recently, are inching forward. Like pulling teeth, some 79 PAD leaders are due to finally appear that the Crime Suppression Division to answer charges related to the siege of the two Bangkok airports in 2008. The same report in the Bangkok Post implies that the civil case against PAD’s airports’ occupation, brought by the Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited is moving ahead. No predictions on outcomes.

One of the interesting aspects of the Post report is that the police are expecting PAD supporters to show up at the CSD. Presumably that emergency decree for red shirts cannot be applied to the yellow clad one….

Update: The Nation reports on the event as PAD leaders including Sondhi Limthongkul and Chamlong Srimuang attended the CSD. Sondhi seemed convinced that this was the beginning of a very long process:  “I come today to give my statement to police as I have been charged for terrorism and myriad offences – this is going to be a long story…”. He said the though the police were trying to frame him. Sondhi alos claimed that some PAD leaders would refuse to report to the police. According to the Bangkok Post, only 59 of the 79 reported to police, although 5 had reported before the due date. All those who reported denied all charges.

In another Bangkok Post story (which includes a photo gallery), Sondhi said “he will file both criminal and civil lawsuits against Pol Lt-Gen Somyos Phumphanmuang, an assistant police chief who is in charge of the case against PAD co-leaders and supporters involving the blockade of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in late 2008.”

Only about 100 PAD supporters “in multi-coloured shirts” turned up to support their leaders.

Other PAD leaders who showed up included: Somkiat Pongpaibul, Pibhop Dhongchai, Somsak Kosaisuk, Suriyasai Katasila, Maleerat Kaewka, Saranyu Wongkrachang and Anchalee Paireerak.

What has happened to Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya?





With major update: Still hunting and killing red shirts

12 06 2010

The hunt for red shirts, claimed by the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime to be “terrorists” is continuing. The Bangkok Post (11 June 2010) states that the Department of Special Investigation is “planning to issue more arrest warrants for red shirt members on terrorism charges, a source at the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation says…. DSI chief Tharit Pengdit told security authorities at a meeting yesterday that the next group to face charges would include arsonists…”.

So far, the Post says, at least 39 suspects have been detained on these so-called terrorism charges. How many political prisoners does the Abhisit government want. PPT’s estimate is that they currently hold about 500.

The hunt for red shirts also seems to require the emergency decree as Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban “over possible sabotage and arson at places such as oil refineries and power plants.” He also said that “intelligence reports [warn] that a new wave of political turmoil could erupt around the birthday on July 26 of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.”

These intelligence reports have been hopeless in the past, so PPT imagines that this is yet another ploy to repress opposition.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post (11June 2010) suggests that the killing of red shirts is not over. PPT reproduces the relevant bit of the story here:

The government has no policy to kill innocent people or supporters of the pro-Thaksin United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, Deputy Prime Minister for security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban said on Friday.

He said the government had nothing to do with the death of  Chakkarin Krongkaew, a close aide of UDD co-leader Suporn Atthawong, who was shot dead in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Buayai district on Thursday night.

Mr Suthep said he will order police to rapidly hunt down the gunmen.

PPT knows no more than this. However, it could be noted that Korat is actually an area of the northeast where the Democrat Party did okay in 2007, electing the yellow-hued former activist and former senator Kraisak Choonhavan, who is now a deputy leader of the Democrat Party and PAD leader Somkiat Pongpaibul as a Democrat Party MP. The Democrat Party organization in Korat is reputed to have strong links with former counterinsurgency operatives.

For those who can read Thai, we cut-and paste this from Prachatai, indicating another red shirt apparently executed (Sawart Duangmanee, aged 60 and a red shirt guard, killed in Cholburi). There are unconfirmed reports of another red shirt murdered in Khon Kaen.

The yellow shirt blogs are cheering what they see as government executions of the hated red shirts. Presumably such extra-judicial murders are okay? Just as the government reactivates investigations into extra-judicial killings by the Thaksin government.

ฆ่าการ์ดเสื้อแดงวัย60นำศพทิ้งที่จ.ชลบุรี

เว็บไซต์คมชัดลึกรายงานว่า เมื่อเวลา 14.00 น.วันที่ 11 มิ.ย. พ.ต.อ.ปกรณ์ มณีปกรณ์ ผกก.สภ.บ่อทอง อ.บ่อทอง จ.ชลบุรี ได้ประชุมร่วมกับ พ.ต.ท.สุขทัศน์ พุ่มพันธุ์ม่วง รอง ผกก.สส.ภ.จ.ชลบุรี เพื่อคลี่คลายคดี นายสวาท ดวงมณี อายุ 60 ปี บ้านเดิมอยู่ที่ 47 หมู่ 9 ต.ตะเคียนงาม อ.ภูสิงห์ จ.ศรีสะเกษ การ์ดเสื้อแดง ซึ่งดูแลการชุมนุมอยู่ที่กรุงเทพฯ ถูกฆ่าอย่างเหี้ยมโหดโดยคนร้ายใช้เชือกมัดมือไพล่หลัง และใช้ผ้าขาวม้ารัดคอจนเสียชีวิต หลังจากนั้นได้นำศพมาทิ้งที่หมู่ 8 บ้านคลองใหญ่ ต.บ่อทอง อ.บ่อทอง จ.ชลบุรี โดยมีผู้พบศพ เมื่อวันที่ 10 มิ.ย.ที่ผ่านมา

พ.ต.อ.ปกรณ์ มณีปกรณ์ ผกก.สภ.บ่อทอง กล่าวว่า กำลังเร่งสรุปประเด็นที่นายสวาทถูกฆ่า เบื้องต้นคาดว่าอาจจะถูกฆ่าจากที่อื่นแล้วนำศพมาทิ้งเพื่ออำพรางคดี ในพื้นที่ของจ.ชลบุรี โดยข้อมูลที่เจ้าหน้าที่ได้รับคือ นายสวาท ได้หลบหนีหลังเหตุการณ์ความไม่สงบ จากรุงเทพฯ และเดินทางไปหาญาติ ที่ จ.ระยอง แต่ถูกคนร้ายตามมาฆ่าดังกล่าว

คดีฆ่าแกนนำเสื้อแดง “สุเทพ” โต้รัฐบาลไม่มีแนวคิดไล่ล่าใคร ตร.มุ่ง 3 ปม ส่วนศพ “อ้วน บัวใหญ่” กำหนดฌาปนกิจ 13 มิ.ย.นี้

จากกรณี นายจตุพร พรหมพันธุ์ ส.ส.สัดส่วนพรรคเพื่อไทย แกนนำกลุ่มแนวร่วมประชาธิปไตยต่อต้านเผด็จการแห่งชาติ (นปช.) ตั้งข้อสังเกตว่า การเสียชีวิตของนายศักรินทร์ กองแก้ว หรือ “อ้วน บัวใหญ่” แกนนำ นปช.จ.นครราชสีมา อาจเกี่ยวข้องกับการไล่ล่าแกนนำกลุ่ม นปช.ของรัฐบาล

วันนี้ (11 มิ.ย.) นายสุเทพ เทือกสุบรรณ รองนายกรัฐมนตรี ฝ่ายความมั่นคง ในฐานะผู้อำนวยการศูนย์อำนวยการแก้ไขสถานการณ์ฉุกเฉิน (ศอฉ.) ตอบโต้ว่ารัฐบาลไม่มีแนวคิดจะไปฆ่าคนหรือไล่ล่าใคร นายจตุพรมีอะไรก็โยนใส่รัฐบาลไว้ก่อน เป็นสูตรสำเร็จ รัฐบาลไม่มีแนวคิดจะไปฆ่าคน และพยายามทำทุกอย่างภายใต้กรอบของกฎหมายและกระบวนการยุติธรรม รัฐบาลไม่มีอำนาจในการเที่ยวไปไล่ล่าฆ่าสังหารใครทั้งสิ้น ขอยืนยันว่าตำรวจจะสืบสวนสอบสวนคดีนี้เพื่อทำความจริงให้ปรากฏ เดี๋ยวก็รู้ เดี๋ยวนี้ตำรวจเก่ง

ส่วนกรณี คณะกรรมการสิทธิมนุษยชนแห่งชาติ (กสม.) ชี้ว่าการประกาศพระราชกำหนด (พ.ร.ก.) การบริหารราชการในสถานการณ์ฉุกเฉิน พ.ศ.2548 เป็นการละเมิดสิทธิมนุษยชน นายสุเทพกล่าวว่า พร้อมไปชี้แจงข้อเท็จจริง และพิสูจน์ตัวเอง สำหรับภาพข่าวแกนนำ นปช.ที่ถูกควบคุมตัวตาม พ.ร.ก.ฉุกเฉินฯ และอยู่ระหว่างการพักรักษาตัวอยู่ที่โรงพยาบาลตำรวจถูกล่ามโซ่ตรวนนั้น นายสุเทพไม่ขอให้ความเห็นเพราะไม่ทราบวิธีปฏิบัติ

ระบุ 3 ปม ฆ่า “อ้วน บัวใหญ่” เผยสอบพยานกว่า 10 ปากแล้ว

ส่วนความคืบหน้าคดี เมื่อเวลา 11.00 น.วันเดียวกันนี้ ที่หอประชุมสารสิน สำนักงานตำรวจภูธรภาค 3 อ.เมือง จ.นครราชสีมา พ.ต.อ.วชิรวิชญ์ กฤษณ์ฤทธิศักดิ์ รอง ผบก.ภ.จว.นครราชสีมา หัวหน้าชุดสืบสวนสอบสวนคลี่คลายคดีสังหารโหดนายศักดิ์นรินทร์ เปิดเผยว่า ล่าสุดการสอบปากคำพยานบริเวณที่เกิดเหตุได้กว่า 10 ปาก ทราบชัดเจนว่าคนร้ายมีอย่างน้อย 2 คน นั่งมาโดยใช้รถกระบะยกสูงสีดำ ไม่ทราบยี่ห้อ ไม่ทราบหมายเลขทะเบียน ส่วนที่มีข่าวว่า คนร้ายได้เข้ามาในพื้นที่ก่อนลงมือ 3-4 วันก็น่าที่จะมีคนเห็นหน้าบ้าง ส่วนจะเป็นคนมีสีลงมืออะไรนั้น ยังไม่มีความชัดเจนลึกขนาดนั้น

พ.ต.อ.วชิรวิชญ์ กล่าวว่า ได้มีการกำชับลงมาจาก พล.ต.ท.เดชาวัต รามสมภพ ผู้บัญชาการตำรวจภูธรภาค 3 (ผบช.ภ.3) โดยรายละเอียดในเรื่องของพยาน และวัตถุพยานมีความคืบหน้าพอสมควร ทั้งนี้ จะได้เร่งรัดเนื่องจากเป็นคดีสะเทือนขวัญประชาชน และให้ความสำคัญมากว่าจะต้องจับกุมคนร้ายให้ได้ ส่วนประเด็นการสอบสวนก็ยังคงเป็น 3 ประเด็นคือ เรื่องส่วนตัว เรื่องชู้สาว และเรื่องการเคลื่อนไหวทางการเมืองช่วงที่ผ่านมา ตำรวจให้น้ำหนักทุกเรื่อง ซึ่งถือว่าคดีนี้มีพยานหลักฐานมากพอสมควร เพราะมีคนที่เห็นเหตุการณ์ รวมทั้งได้วัตถุพยานคงทำให้มีแนวทางที่ดีในการสืบสวน

ส่วนที่มี กระแสพุ่งเป้าการสังหารมาจากเรื่องความเคลื่อนไหวทางการเมืองจากชุดไล่ล่า เช็คบิลเชือดไก่ให้ลิงดู เพราะเป็นแกนนำคนเสื้อแดง และการ์ด นปช.นั้น พ.ต.อ.วชิรวิชญ์ กล่าวว่า หลักจากการสอบสวน ณ ปัจจุบัน นายศักดิ์นรินทร์ ไม่ได้เป็นแกนนำคนสำคัญ เป็นแต่เพียงคนที่เคลื่อนไหวระดับอำเภอ และจังหวัดเท่านั้นเอง ซึ่งไม่น่าจะมีความชัดเจนหรือหนักหน่วงขนาดนั้น

ต่อข้อถามถึง ที่มีข่าวว่าผู้ตายสนิทและใกล้ชิดกับนายอริสมันต์ และนายสุภรณ์ แกนนำ นปช. รอง ผบก.ภ.จว.นครราชสีมา ตอบว่า เท่าที่ตรวจสอบข้อมูลแล้วน่าจะเป็นไปทางนายอนุวัฒน์ ทินราช อดีตกำนัน ต.บัวลาย อ.บัวใหญ่ อดีตผู้สมัครของพรรคเพื่อไทยมากกว่า เพราะทำงานเคลื่อนไหวทางการเมือง และผู้ตายเป็นทั้ง ตร.อาสา เป็นทั้งมูลนิธิ ทำตัวบริการสาธารณะ เป็นคนที่มีน้ำใจดีคนหนึ่ง และเป็นคนที่ชอบแสดงออก แต่ในเรื่องที่ไปขัดแย้งกับใครตำรวจจะสืบสวนเจาะลึกลงไปอีกครั้งหนึ่ง ซึ่งต้องขอความร่วมมือจากประชาชนถ้ามีเบาะแสก็ช่วยแจ้งเจ้าหน้าที่ตำรวจ เรื่องที่จะเป็นประโยชน์ต่อรูปคดีตำรวจยินดีรับฟัง

ผู้สื่อข่าวรายงานด้วยว่า นายศักรินทร์ผู้เสียชีวิต ถือเป้นแกนนำกลุ่มคนเสื้อแดง จ.นครราชสีมา ที่ อ.บัวใหญ่ และยังทำหน้าที่การ์ด นปช.ที่กรุงเทพฯ โดยเฉพาะเป็นคนช่วยแกนนำ นปช.ที่กำลังถูกชุดไล่ล่าตามล่าตัวในขณะนี้คือ “กี้ร์” นายอริสมันต์ พงษ์เรืองรอง กับ “แรมโบ้อีสาน” นายสุภรณ์ อัตถาวงศ์ โรยตัวหลบหนีในการจับกุมในการชุมนุมที่กรุงเทพฯ