Politics: Yingluck’s office says “Balancing Act” difficult to manage curently

  • By Ranger, Thai Intel’s political journalist

Thai Rath, a pro-Democrat Party mass circulated newspaper in Thailand, reported that Thailand’s prime minister office, deputy spokesman, Anusorn, have told the press that the Thai establishment is in a rush to disband the Pheu Thai Party, to cut-off the legal process development towards accountability for Red Shirts protesters death, during last year crack-down on the protesters.

  • The statement from Anusorn, comes on the day Thailand’s former prime minister, Abhisit, went to give testimony to the Thai police on the crack-down. Abhisit told the police, the crack-down was headed by Suthep, his chief of security and tool place under the emergency decree. The Thai military earlier told the police it was following order under the leadership of the emergency decree.

Several political parties under the Taksin sphere of influence has been disbanded in Thailand, while the Democrat Party, that also faced similar disbandment, was ruled by the Constitutional Court as “Not Disband for Technical Reason” being that the Constitutional Court ruled that the election commission bought the case to the court after time expired.

  • According to Thai Rath, Thailand’s election commission, had just reversed its early approval of Chartuporn as an MP of the Pheu Thai Party-and dis-qualified him as an MP-citing the fact that Chartuporn was imprisoned as related to his leadership of the said protest-and thus Chartuporn is not a qualified member of the Pheu Thai Party.

Chartuporn case now heads to the Thai Constitutional Court.

  • Thai Rath, said that election commission move, opens the door for the Constitution Court to invoke the law allowing for the disbandment of any political party, that fields a non-political party member, in the election.

After the Constitutional Court ruling on the Chartuporn original case, the second case to disband the Pheu Thai party could start-with Anusorn saying the entire process could take place in the next five to six months.

  • The following are news about Abhisit going to meet the police today:


Thai ex-PM grilled over deadly rally crackdown

Posted: 09 December 2011 1613 hrs

BANGKOK: Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva reported to police on Friday for questioning over a deadly military crackdown he oversaw on mass opposition protests in Bangkok last year.

Abhisit, now opposition leader, smiled but made no comment to reporters as he arrived at the Bangkok Metropolitan Police headquarters, where he was summoned as a witness, according to an AFP reporter.

About a dozen protesters gathered outside with signs that read “Murderer” and “Whoever gave the kill order must face karma”.

More than 90 people, mostly civilians, were killed and nearly 1,900 were wounded during the April and May 2010 rallies, which drew about 100,000 “Red Shirt” demonstrators at their peak.

On Thursday Abhisit’s former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban, who was in charge of national security at the time of the demonstrations, was grilled by police.

It is the first time that top members of the previous government have been summoned for questioning over their handling of the protests, which ended when soldiers firing live rounds stormed the fortified rally site.

Thailand now has a new government allied to the Red Shirts’ hero, fugitive former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, whose sister Yingluck is prime minister.

  • The following is from Robert Amsterdam (principle global lawyer for the Red Shirts protesters)

There’s no washing the blood from Abhisit’s hands

As has been widely reported in the Thai press, former Prime Minister and present leader of the Thai Democrat Party, Abhisit Vejjajiva, will meet with police to answer questions regarding the deaths of unarmed civilian protesters who were shot and murdered in April and May 2010. In the last few days former Deputy Prime Minister and senior Democrat Party member Suthep Thaugsuban has also been interviewed by Thai authorities pertaining to these deaths.

The significance of these two important political figures being called to answer such questions cannot be overstated. As far as I’m aware it is the first time in Thai history that such senior persons implicated in such crimes have ever been close to be being held to account. For this reason alone it marks an important step on the road to justice for my clients, the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship aka the Red Shirts.

As many readers know it is now almost 11months since my law firm filed a case regarding the Bangkok Massacre with the International Criminal Court on behalf of the UDD. Like everyone else connected with the case we are still awaiting the court’s decision and for ordinary Thais to be granted access to justice and to be able to instigate accountability for those who assume leadership positions in their country.

While awaiting for the court to reach a decision Thailand has once again begun down the road to democratic rule by electing, in July 2011, the Pheu Thai Party to power and installing Yingluck Shinawatra as Prime Minister – the first popularly mandated PM since 2008. Pheu Thai and Yingluck’s election was a significant moment even if, since then, the road it has had to travel along has been rocky – the recent trauma of the terrible floods is still being felt while the slew of lese majeste cases has been a major disappointment for those seeking to create a more democratic Thailand.

Nonetheless Abhisit’s questioning is a defining moment. Despite all his chicanery, obfuscations and outright lies, the blood spilled last year still hasn’t washed from Abhisit’s hands. He needs to be put on notice that I will continue to do all I can to hold him to account for the terrible crimes of April/May 2010. He should also be reminded that the Thai people are determined to bring him to book and to make him face justice.  The only certainty is that time is running out for Abhisit and he has fewer places to hide. This time, the blood of the Thai people won’t wash away so easily.

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