Abhisit Sets up Advisory Committee on National Security Cases Involving the Monarchy

On 12 January 2010, the Thai News Agency reported that the Prime Minister ordered the establishment of an Advisory Committee on National Security Cases Involving the Monarchy, with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice as chair. The Committee has the responsibility of advising the police, DSI and ICT Ministry on the careful, appropriate and fair conduct of lèse majesté cases

The report revealed that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva ordered the establishment of the Advisory Committee on National Security Cases Involving the Monarchy, appointing Mr Kittipong Kittayarak, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, as chair and the Permanent Secretaries of all ministries as members.  Mr Tharit Pengdit, Director-General of the Department of Special Investigation, is the secretary.  The first formal meeting at 2 pm on 12 January was to be attended by the Prime Minister.

The Advisory Committee on National Security Cases Involving the Monarchy has the duty of advising officials in the police, DSI and Ministry of Information and Communication Technology on the conduct of national security cases involving the monarchy to ensure that such cases are handled with care and justice in an appropriate manner.

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Is this another of Abhisit's

Is this another of Abhisit's Opposite statements, wherein he makes nice and the real powers pulling his strings make nasty?

Or perhaps this is done in "good faith"? Closing the barn door after the bull has escaped and gored Boonyuen Prasertying (convicted and jailed), Darunee Charnchoensilpakul (denied a fair trial, jailed, denied medical treatment, and appealing), and Suwicha Thakor (convicted and jailed).

If it's the later there remains the heavy lifting of reversing those three decisions. If the former... someday there may be an election in Thailand and this evil regime will be swept from power and out to sea.

Small succor for those suffering behind bars... for decades... for exercising their free speech.

This from Thai Rath via the

This from Thai Rath via the BP on Abhisit's visit to Prem at the latter's digs :

Prem gave moral support to the PM and said he didn't want to see parliament dissolved and for Abhisit to continue to govern the country. Prem said he was willing to speak to Banharn to find a solution [to problems within the coalition that might cause an election to be called]... Prem was also concerend about the Red Shirt protests.

If this is accurate it's pretty clear who is really running the country.

I think Chang Noi is correct. The regime's "solution" to the "problem" of their not being able to win an election is simply not to hold elections... ever again.