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Govt figures side with courts when it suits them

Re: "Suthep will be arrested soon, should surrender to avoid violence: Chalerm", yesterday.

Chalerm Yoobamrung's statement, "He must be arrested because he is wanted under a court-approved arrest warrant", is the kind of hypocritical comment you would expect of him. There have been numerous arrest warrants issued for Thaksin Shinawatra including in 2008 by the Constitutional Court, then the sixth arrest warrant issued against him, in 2010 by the Criminal Court and in 2012 by the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Offices, about which Chalerm as then-interior minister in charge of police not only did nothing but also in 2012 said he was "Thaksin's servant".

So who would listen to him about this? Likewise, the government always says that the Constitutional Court is "politically motivated" when it rules against it, such as the Nov 20 ruling that the attempts to make the Senate a fully elected body were illegal, and that they would ignore this, but now they say the court-issued "arrest warrant" against Suthep Thaugsuban is holy writ.

Howie Johnson

Bangkok


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