More non sense : Court accepts appeal to revoke warrants for PAD leaders

Just another normal day in Thaiwonderland.

The Appeal Court Wednesday accepted an appeal to revoke arrest warrants for nine core leaders of People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) issued against them last month.

The court ordered that the court of first stance accepted the appeal, which was filed by PAD lawyer Nathaporn Toprayoon.

The Criminal Court had earlier thrown out an appeal to revoke the warrants.

The nine key PAD figures face arrest warrants over their role in leading thousands of demostrators to lay siege to many state agencies and the occupation of Government House since August 26. (…)

According to Mr Nathaporn, the warrants for the PAD core leaders cannot be enforced now that the court accepts the appeal, so police cannot arrest them until the court orders otherwise. (Bangkok Post)

Of course, the arrest warrants can not be enforced… during the appeal process ! That’s the freaking point of an appeal. So where are we going from there ?

How long will last the process ? How convenient it is to keep the PAD alive. The same day of the nomination of the new Prime Minister… 😉

So, we shall rejoice ourselves : the drama will continue.

On one hand, a guy is sent to jail for lese-majeste, having his bail denied.

On the other hand, if you decide to occupy the gouvernment’s house, then no problem… you’d probably have an arrest warrant glued on your arse, but mai pen rai, you would be able to launch an appeal.

That’s gracious, huh ? 😉

2 Responses to “More non sense : Court accepts appeal to revoke warrants for PAD leaders”


  1. 1 Bedwyr 17 September 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Government and police on one side, judiciary (apparently) on the other. This much was clear from the postponed judgement in the Rachada case. I can just imagine the panic of the judges when Somchai was elected.

    Interesting though. If the verdict was ‘not guilty’ then why would they postpone? If the verdict was ‘guilty’. then one can understand the running for further instructions.

    Recently, HMK (peace be upon him) spoke to the judges and enjoined them to follow the law without fear or favour (if we are to believe the otherwise incompetent and mendacious Thai media). One wonders whom they might have wanted to consult in the event of a guilty verdict…

    And naturally, the Bangkok elite wouldn’t want a government/police charge of treason to be hanging around their heavy blunt instrument, now would they? Naturally, the appearance of due process must exist before it is countered. Any bets on the appeal being allowed?

    Dull it isn’t on the Thai side of the looking-glass.

    Bedwyr

  2. 2 InBkk 17 September 2008 at 6:38 pm

    it appears that the last time police used the arrest warrants as excuse to go a bit heavy-handed on the protesters. so that the appeal will take away the police’s excuse can be seen as good thing. of course, under normal circumstance, police should be alllowed to use reasonable force to make arrests, but in the specific situation here, a small use of force could possibly spiral to chaos at government house, which in turn could provoke military intervention.


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