PM’s Office appeals case in south

On 10 April, the Prime Minister’s Office appealed a verdict of the Administrative Court which ordered it to pay compensation to Rayu Dokho for the abuse he suffered at the hands of security officers when he was arrested as a suspect in southern unrest in 2008.

Songkhla Administrative Court ruled on 14 March this year that the PM’s Office, the 4th defendant in the case, was found guilty as the ultimate commanding agency of Internal Security Operations Command Region 4, and had to pay Rayu 256,621.56 baht in compensation.  The court dismissed charges against three other defendants: the Ministry of Defence, the Royal Thai Army and the Royal Thai Police.

Rayu was arrested during a raid in Narathiwat by a combined force of military and police personnel, and was brought to appear at a press conference as an insurgent causing unrest in the south and deaths of other people. 

A local Muslim religious teacher Imam Yapha Kaseng was also arrested during the same raid, and later died during detention.

On 17 April, lawyers from the Cross Cultural Foundation, on behalf of Rayu, also appealed against the Administrative Court’s decision to acquit the Ministry of Defence, the Army and the Police of the charges.

They insisted that the three agencies had to share responsibility with ISOC, and should, therefore, jointly pay compensation, in order to prevent any further abuses by officers under their command.

The lawyers also viewed that the amount of compensation ordered by the court was too little.

According to the verdict by Songkhla Administrative Court, the authorities took the suspect to a press conference without his consent, which was against the law.  Military personnel committed physical abuse against the complainant according to reports by the Ingkhayutthaborihan Military Camp Hospital, medical experts from the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and a fact-finding committee appointed by the military itself.

The court ordered the PM’s Office to pay compensation to the complainant within 60 days.

In the case of Imam Yapha Kaseng, the Army has agreed, in a civil court settlement, to pay 5,211,000 baht to his family as compensation for his death.

On 10 April, the Prime

On 10 April, the Prime Minister’s Office appealed a verdict of the Administrative Court which ordered it to pay compensation to Rayu Dokho for the abuse he suffered at the hands of security officers when he was arrested as a suspect in southern unrest in 2008.

Does that smile say “Sister”, or “Sucker”? As well, it appears that the great man Himself has said that “those who killed 91 people do not have to go to jail” ... right out loud, on TV.

How much betrayal is enough? Jail Thaksin. Give us Barabbas!

Further confirmation of the

Further confirmation of the great man's betrayal, from the usual unreliable resources : Victims' relatives asked to forgive. Some signs of life stirring though ...

The source said that some of the relatives of those killed at the Ratchaprasong intersection on May 19, 2010 could not accept what Thaksin asked, particularly for them to forgive those responsible for the death of 92 people.

The source said Thaksin could not use the death of the red shirts to bargain for his benefit only.

The source said he had learned that the relatives of the dead were planning an activity to mark the second anniversary of the May 19 dispersal of the red shirts.

They will declare a standpoint of wanting those responsible punished, but will not ask for more money or any other remedial actions, he said.

Of course Wassana's 'source' might not exist ... or might be in uniform, and this just the usual sort of Bangkok Post disinformation.

Nick Nostritz with Thaksin in

Nick Nostritz with Thaksin in Siem Reap, Songkran in Cambodia: Red Shirts meet Thaksin

  1. My first question was regarding the reconciliation process and the general confusion over it. Thaksin answered that there are 3 different options, and that the one which seems to be accepted by the majority would be option two — to void the cases of the Asset Examination Commission, set up by the coup, which he said were very biased and unfair, and then to start all over again with these cases with due process of the law. Thaksin said that this is the option most likely proposed by the parliamentary Committee on National Reconciliation.
  2. My second question was about the possible amnesty, and the fact that most ordinary Red Shirts I spoke with were opposed to an amnesty at this time, and that they wanted truth and accountability before talking about an amnesty. Thaksin said that he is aware that that many worry about this, especially families who lost loved ones in 2010. He was then slightly evasive... He then said: “Anyway, if we really want to start all over, the remedy must be there, and already is there, will be done quickly. At least we should do something. After the remedy there should be forgiveness.” ... He also said: “Truth will come out, but will not really be in detail ...”
  3. The researcher asked then about the signature campaign to amend the lese majeste law – Article 112 of the criminal code. Thaksin said: “I try to explain to them that 112 never was a problem before 6 years ago. It has been used for political purposes too much.” He said ... there is no need for amendments.

Translation ...

  1. Hurray for me!
  2. To hell with you.
  3. To reiterate ... to hell with you.