The Final Chapter? Thailand Dictator erased Crime Against Humanity case on Abhisit & Suthep

“More than 90 Thai citizens were brutally murdered by the Thai Army under the direction of Abhisit and Suthep simply because they protested for their right to vote. No matter where these men go, the spectre of this atrocity will haunt them,” said Amsterdam, who originally brought the case of the 2010 massacres before the International Criminal Court (ICC). “The military coup came to the rescue of these criminals, but what I can guarantee to all Red Shirt members, this will not be the final chapter in this story.”

For the past few weeks, Abhisit Dems have been causing lots of problem for Prayuth’s junta, like many verbal criticism & visiting farmers. So today Thailand’s justice system “Threw Out” murder cases on Abhisit & his security guy, Suthep, to the court for political offense. This a reversal, as court have ruled already on about 10 – 15 killed Red Shirts protesters cases, as killed by bullets from military side. So case is now stopped, & for court for politician, & first stop at Thailand’s anti-corruption body, a body known in Abhisit pocket.

Those original rulings came when Yingluck in power & many taken by surprise, that court, would make findings against Abhisit & military. With surprise findings, many say International Criminal Court (ICC) investing whole case of about 100 Red Shirts killed, not necessary. Signs of problems emerged, Prayuth then, just army chief interfered into the investigations & in 2012, Human Rights Watch (HRW) alarmed

In 2012, with then just army chief Prayuth meddling in the case, to stop the investigations, HRW, made a statement, calling Prayuth stop. As Prayuth meddling increased, & court wavered, Red Shirts, greatly concerned, called on Yingluck, accept jurisdiction of the ICC. Yingluck was inches away from accepting ICC to investigate the about 100 dead Red Shirts as “Crime Against Humanity” but backed down.

The back-down relates, to Royalist objection, saying if Thailand accept, ICC jurisdiction, the Thai (xxxx), would come under ICC also. The Thai (xxxx) considered, top commander of the Thai #military & so Royalist scared of ICC jurusdiction over #Thailand hit (xxxx).

As Yingluck’s government falter with all Suthep protest, court’s judgment on those killed by Abhisit, Suthep & Thai military, slowed. & with Prayuth coup, & so Prayuth now prime minister, “Result Is” court, in reverse, threw out all cases, to court for political offense. What is also sad, apart from Prayuth’s military getting off for slaughtering, as many pointed out, there 100s of cases of “Clearly;” 100s of cases of “Clearly” political prisoner cases, that the court say, is “Nothing Political” & have passed judgment on them.

There little hiding fact, reason court threw out all cases in reverse, because “There Are” other cases at the court on killed Red Shirts. These cases of military slaughtering Red Shirts, in the pipe-line, before reversal, could “Greatly Embarrass”  Prayuth.

& no escape fact, military under Abhisit & Suthep, order crack-down, killed about 100 protesters, & cases would continue to hurt Prayuth. so like magic, in one swoop of the “Thai Way” all the trouble, a bitching Abhisit & nagging to Prayuth court cases, swept away.

As for Abhisit & Suthep, some say we all will have to see, if the anti-corruption unit, can save them from justice. As for military slaughtering about 100 Red Shirts protesters, most say, as always, like past slaughtering, likely get of clean.

The following is from Robert Amsterdam

http://robertamsterdam.com/thailand/

Abhisit and Suthep Will Not Escape Accountability

for 2010 Bangkok Massacre, says Amsterdam

LONDON, 29 August 2014 – Following a ruling by a Thai court dismissing murder charges against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban for their roles in the 2010 Bangkok massacre, international lawyer Robert Amsterdam says that the Red Shirt movement will not rest until the responsible parties are held accountable.

“More than 90 Thai citizens were brutally murdered by the Thai Army under the direction of Abhisit and Suthep simply because they protested for their right to vote. No matter where these men go, the spectre of this atrocity will haunt them,” said Amsterdam, who originally brought the case of the 2010 massacres before the International Criminal Court (ICC). “The military coup came to the rescue of these criminals, but what I can guarantee to all Red Shirt members, this will not be the final chapter in this story.”

The controversial decision by the Criminal Court of Thailand today dismissed the charges without considering the evidence, instead claiming that it did not have jurisdiction because Abhisit and Suthep held political office at the time of said crimes. Even the President the Criminal Court Thongchai Senamontri rejected the ruling, issuing an official “note of disagreement” along with the ruling highlighting the court’s rightful jurisdiction to handle the case.

The Bangkok massacre case has now been passed into the hands of the coup-appointed National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), which is all but certain to launder the crimes of the past government, says Amsterdam. “The NACC is an integral part of the coup-elite network that has now overthrown the past five democratically elected governments of Thailand, so we all can see what is happening now,” Amsterdam said.

The Criminal Court’s decision is particularly controversial given coup leader (and self appointed Prime Minister) General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s record of interference in the case, Amsterdam said. Before the coup, Prayuth had repeatedly threatened and intimidated investigators, lawyers, witnesses, and journalists involved in the Bangkok massacre case, according to a 23 August 2012 statement by Human Rights Watch.

This granting of impunity comes amidst a rapidly deteriorating situation for human rights in Thailand, Amsterdam says, pointing to the junta’s sentencing of seven protesters at McDonalds to a three-month jail term, as well as the widely condemned harassment of lawyer Ms. Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, who is being sued for “damaging the reputation of the army” because she documents torture for the Cross Cultural Foundation.

“This unjust precedent will not stand, and survivors and families of victims of the 2010 massacre will now pursue international legal avenues,” said Amsterdam. “It is beyond any doubt that the junta currently controlling Thailand will never, under any condition, allow standard, non-arbitrary legal proceedings on its watch, so will continue our pursuit of justice for the victims of the 2010 massacre.”

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