Friday, August 28, 2009

Backwards, Perverted, Retrograde, Thailand

Da Torpedo sentenced to 18 years in jail for lese majeste

Photo courtesy of The Nation

Say what? 18 years in jail!

How many years jail did the coup leaders get?

or the leaders of the invasion that closed the Airport?

If you tremble indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.”
Ernesto (Che) Guevara


Understandably there has been widespread outrage at the obvious injustice, but there are some who apparently are impressed with secret trials and Thai style justice:

Here's a selection:

Wisarut says "Now, Ee Dah Torpido got 18-year imprison for LM Charge - after the Judge from Criminal Court has delivered the Verdict. Well, she has to pay heavy price for insulting His Majesty in public like this"

"IMHO, this 18--year in prison cell is still too light for such kind of action ... she deserves somethong WROSE than death sentence"

Taro Mongkoltip says "Royal disgrace? What did the royal family do to her?… Nothing at all. She’s the one who accused the King and his royal family of some craps. Well.. in my opinion she deserved the sentence. No parole or pardon.."

Anyway, I can at least take solace in the fact that the monarch is benevolent and compassionate, and has powers to grant pardons, and therefore she and Suwicha Thakhor will not be in jail any longer than he thinks they deserve.


Anonymous said...

This verdict simply destroys Thailand's image overseas. And sadly, those who installed this current government, are not aware of this fact. No wonder Ji Giles prefers not to face this country's courts.

hobby said...

Hi Anonymous,
It SHOULD destroy Thailand's image, but my worry is that the average Joe Blow could not care less about the injustice (as long as it doesn't happen to them).

I agree about Giles, but perhaps whats need is some high profile cases to gets some real international condemnation, instead of the usual silence or behind the scene negotiations to get the foreigners off as quietly as possible.

I still have difficulty understanding how/why the palace lets this stuff happen - surely they can see the damage it is doing to the monarchy, or are there just too many skeletons in the closet that they think its better to cop a bit of this flak than allow open slather free speech?

David said...

sad for Darunee

disgusted and ashamed that the Thai justice system is so perverted!

I hope the King is still alive enough to grant a pardon soon

I assume Prem, the Queen and the Prince are so scared of the Thai people that they support this legal atrocity

tavivoot said...

Hi Ngan,

I am just so sick of it all that I swear if I had the money, I would leave this country and never return again-and also forbid my kids from ever coming here.


hobby said...

I know how you feel Terry - its very hard to just sit and watch it all happen, when things could be so much better if only people were reasonable, sensible & had some compassion.

Hang in there mate - as Buddha said: Nothing is permanent, everything is unsatisfactory.
(or remember the old saying: "This too shall pass")

All the best to you & your family.


Trojan said...

Have you noticed that it is all farangs that are outraged and most Thai's reckon she got what she deserved.
I'm not sure anymore that Thai's want or deserve a more open and free society.
Seems in typical Thai fashion that they would rather just keep going sideways and foreigners should ming their own business.
Terry I consider leaving almost everyday but what with my kid and other things it is just not that easy.
If this was happening in England I would not hesitate to stand up to this bullshit.

hobby said...

There are many Thai's who object, but they just have to be a lot more careful than farang - no foreign government lobbying for them, and no pardons.
Amnesty International & Co even pussyfoot around these injustices to Thai's.