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CAPO has become a tool of government intimidation

The Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) has been acting in the opposite direction of what it was created to do. It has become the government's intimidation tool against officials and citizens with different opinions.

By refusing to resign out of shame at the alleged chronic corruption concerning its rice-pledging scheme, plus three unlawful attempts at changing the constitution for its own dubious purposes, the caretaker Yingluck government has set up Capo to work as a dictatorial administrative body in its stead.

Now, Capo has turned even more audacious in threatening the Constitutional Court and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) not to rule against Yingluck Shinawatra in the cases of dereliction of duty and of causing widespread corruption in the government's rice-pledging scheme.

PM Yingluck should realise that the evidence against her in these two cases is overwhelming. To bend the rule in her favour would possibly mean big trouble for the both the court and the NACC themselves. The best way out for the PM is to fight the two cases in a forthright manner, and accept the rulings, as any law-abiding citizen should.

Responsible Thais should condemn the use of such bullying and dictatorial tactics by the government, via Capo.

Vint Chavala

Bangkok


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