Hugh Paxton’s Blog watched with a degree of amazement as former Thai PM, Abhisit, was arrested for murder. There was also a warrant out for the former deputy PM but he explained that he couldn’t come forward to be arrested because he was busy overthrowing the government. He certainly is. And if he feels like it he could probably summon 100,000 people to storm the Supreme Court. They’ve stormed every Ministry in the city and the central police station is still mopping up broken glass and wondering what happened to all its computers and surveillance technology.
Abhisit came quietly and his only army was composed of lawyers.
I don’t think I’ve ever encountered such a peculiar murder charge. Prof Plum caught red-handed with a meat cleaver in the library? With a dead Col Mustard? Yes, that’s a fairly clear case. But Abhisit?
The Red Shirts, fueled and funded by ousted PM Thaksin had occupied central Bangkok and erected orc-like barriers of barbed wire and bamboo. Hideous, primitive barricades designed to frighten and repel invasion. A vast, increasingly smelly mob, roiled about and made excursions that were designed to kill and assert their strength. I watched smoke rising when the Reds got a little too ambitious and tried to burn down the CentralWorld department store, I saw the Reds kicking a young soldier (with orders not to fire) and if any violent crowd (each member paid 300 baht a day to participate) occupied a city and waged war, a PM would, should, try and calm things down. Abhisit did that. He tried to calm things down and the calmer he got the more violence there was.
Eventually, and too late in my opinion, he asked the army to break the bamboo barriers and there was a skirmish. The army shot some Reds.
In the turmoil some innocent people got shot as well.
Abhisit, by finally giving up diplomacy and allowing the military in, is now charged with murder.
Arrest Abhisit? You could agree. But my suggestion is that if you want to push this issue and make sure everybody involved is prosecuted you should arrest the army, all the Red Shirts involved, and the inept police. That would keep the courts busy for several generations. And Thailand would need to build a lot of new prisons.
Abhisit annoys BBC journos because he speaks coherently, with an English accent, is not a stumbling Third World dictator, and is more clever than them.
He’s going to defend himself in court. I really wish him the best of luck. A decent man doing the decent thing while being accused of terrible things .
The court in the mean time should watch its arse.
The ex-deputy PM has told it to kiss his. And he’s got legions of people, legions, who are currently throwing the government out and all their puppets. Courts included. No matter how Supreme. Must be scary to see 100,000 people on the street by your your front door and then watching them staying there. Day after day. It’s been two weeks now.
Cheers from Hugh!
PS:Innocent! I almost forgot him (everyone else will) Innocent is a Nigerian using a fake entry visa to Thailand. 300 fake Thai entry visa stamps were pinched from the Thai Embassy in KL (that’s in Malaysia) in August. Innocent was arrested along with his seedy Thai accomplice and strange to say they both tested positive while enduring humiliating drug tests. They were also found in possession of – take a wild guess! – yes, you are right! Drugs! Immigration is not amused. The cops will ensure he has a horrible time and then Innocent is going to be found guilty. Nigerians should really commit crime in their own country. They’re too visible here.