Thai ex-PM Abhisit guilty, says Court

The Central Administrative Court on Friday ruled that ex Prime Minister Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva was guilty of dereliction of duty for failing to reinstate former police chief Patcharawat Wongsuwon.

According to the lawsuit, Pol Gen Patcharawat said he had sent formal letters asking Mr. Abhisit, who was also then chairman of the Police Commission, to issue a reinstatement order up to seven times, but to no avail.

The court yesterday ruled that Mr. Abhisit had a duty to follow the Police Commission’s resolution to reinstate Pol Gen Patcharawat.

Mr. Abhisit is also facing mass murder charges for his involvement in the brutal army crackdown of “Red Shirt” demonstrators in 2010. Nearly 100 people died as a result and 2000 people were injured. His deputy then, Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban, who is currently the PDRC chief, was also involved but he has avoided appearing in criminal court to face those charges.

The leader of the Democrat Party, Mr. Abhisit, faces an uphill battle to clear his name of any wrongdoings. He called for a boycott of the February 2 election, which is a violation of the Constitution that he had helped to protect. Mr. Abhisit has been seen by critics as a puppet to the hidden power behind the Democrat Party but has been selected to lead the oldest political party in Thailand. Fluent in English, and holding a British passport, Mr. Abhisit political career is banked on the possibility of success of a judiciary coup and the street mob of PDRC.

The ex Prime Minister is grooming himself to take over the unelected council should PDRC overthrows democracy and the Caretaker Government. Mr. Abhisit is laying down all his cards to win the political poker game, so he can avoid facing the mass murder charges.

Critics of the Democrat Party have speculated that this year will be the end of his unpopular reign in Thai opposition politics.

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