Junta busies itself with multiple “fit ups”

Giles Ji Ungpakorn

Never caring about truth or justice, Prayut’s junta is busy falsely incriminating its opponents and various people of “inconvenience”.

Nuttatida Meewangpla or “Wan” is a volunteer nurse who was in Wat Patum in May 2010, when military snipers deliberately shot down 6 civilians who were either seeking sanctuary in the temple or trying to give medical aid to injured civilians.

Wat Patum deaths
Wat Patum deaths

Nuttatida gave this evidence to the inquest held to investigate the 6 civilian killings: On the morning of the 19th May 2010 she and another volunteer nurse, Kamonket, entered the temple to give assistance to those taking refuge there. The temple had been declared as a “safe sanctuary”. After 4pm Nuttatida observed volleys of shots fired into the temple near the first aid tent from five soldiers on the BTS electric train line. A number of people were killed by this military sniper fire at that time, including the nurse Kamonket. Nuttatida did not observe any gun fire originating from the temple at any time.

Nuttatida
Nuttatida

The above witness statement is the most important evidence implicating soldiers in this cold-blooded murder of civilians at Wat Patum in 2010. It also implicates General Prayut, who was in charge of military operations at that time.

Nuttatida arrested
Nuttatida arrested

No surprise then that Nuttatida has now been fitted up with charges of “terrorism” involving a small explosive device that went off outside the criminal court in Rajchada, Bangkok. No one was injured by this explosion. There is absolutely no evidence linking Nuttatida with this event and the military initially denied that they had detained her. In fact, in the initial days of detention, she was subjected to physical and mental torture and she has now also been fitted up with lèse-majesté charges. She is still in prison.

The whole process is about the junta trying to destroy the credibility of a key witness to state murder.

The second case of interest is the various lèse-majesté charges against relatives of the Crown Prince’s former wife, who he divorced recently. A number of policemen and other people related to “Sirat, have been charged with lèse-majesté for “claiming royal legitimacy” in order to further their business interests.

While having little sympathy for these people, I must point out that this is hardly an example of justice. What is more, General Prayut, and various other dictators, could equally be accused of using the King to justify their military coups and feathering their own nests. But what is interesting is that the junta is fitting these people up with dubious charges in order to curry favour with the Crown Prince, who wants to get rid of his past girl-friend and all her relatives. After this, the junta reckon that the Prince will “owe them” and hence do what they tell him to do. After all, the odious prince will soon be the next king.

In the old days
In the old days

Prayut and his mobsters constantly claim to be “good people”. If this is what good people do, it is time for the rest of us to get very very bad…

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