Try all men equally
- 17 Jul 2017 at 04:15
- WRITER: POSTBAG
Re: "Political law blasted for bias, ambiguity", (BP, July 15).
The National Legislative Assembly passed a draft organic law on criminal procedures for holders of political positions to allow trials in absentia.
Critics point out that since the defendant will not be present in such a trial, he cannot defend himself and the law is thus unjust. They also charge this law is directed against a single person, that is Thaksin, now in self-exile.
A trial in absentia can be just if the defendant's absence is truly voluntary which surely holds in Thaksin's case, so I have no problems with that. If Thaksin so wishes, he can appoint someone to defend him.
But I suggest that trials in absentia should be used for other serious crimes as well, where the maximum penalty would be imprisonment for a given number of years, or death -- such as homicide. Thus, for example, Red Bull scion Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya should be tried for the alleged killing of a cop with his Ferrari -- if PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has the political will to bring all under one legal standard.
A law must be just and applied without fear or favour, and that is what we should do.
Crime swept under rug
With so many scandals going on in its hard to keep up with all the news, but more often than not I find that follow-ups on high profile cases in this country just don't occur.
Does anyone in Thailand remember the Panama Papers and the awful idea that billionaires were stashing money in offshore accounts to hide their wealth. Just a few days and it was never heard of again.
Likewise the Rolls-Royce and General Cable corruption scandals that died a quiet death after initial denials. The death of a Lahu activist has since been swept under the same carpet along with military officer involved in the illegal trade of weapons.
I assume we still have a missing plaque, yet another stalled investigation.
And I am looking forward to the stunning silence which will follow the news that the hit squad involved in the Krabi massacre were retired military personnel.
For a government that has passed 400 new laws there seems to be a huge problem with conducting satisfactory investigations and prosecutions. And then there is Boss.
Steal money for Thais
I was no fan of that irresponsible tax money spender and vote buyer Ms Yingluk, especially when she subsidised the buying of new cars (for first-time car buyers), but when she squandered our tax money, at least most of it was squandered domestically -- the money mostly went to Thais.
The military, on the other hand, wants to give our tax money to the Chinese, South Koreans, Americans and I don't know who else, but apparently all to countries that are significantly economically better off than we are.
I would prefer that no government squander our tax money, but if one is going to squander it, I would prefer that they squander it on Thais, especially the 14 million or so who recently pleaded poverty.
'First class' speculation
In connection with the slaying of a whole familly in Krabi, it was reported in the Post, (Opinion, July 16), that "first-class" investigators have been assigned to the case.
So far, authorities believe the motive for the massacre may have been a business conflict, land encroachment, an alleged extramarital affair or might be drug-related.
Maybe they forgot to add it might have been to do with money disputes or politics and then they would have covered almost every imaginable possibility.
I shudder to think what "second-class" investigators might have come up with.
Catch up on tech
I read on your World Business page that while PC sales are down 6% worldwide, chromebook sales are up 38%.
As far as I can tell chromebooks are largely unavailable in Thailand.
Why is that?
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