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NACC should avoid rushed or biased judgement

Justice must not only be done, it must be perceived as being done, especially when the independent organisations investigate any case. If the National Anti-Corruption Commission is seen as biased against Yingluck, any indictment of her will not be accepted by the public at large, and by the international community, and her successor will not be accepted as being legitimate - despite being legal. A rush to judgement will widen the massive chasm now splitting society asunder - and such reconciliation should be our ultimate goal.

The NAAC should not emulate Yingluck's use of double standards, like when she returned a convicted fugitive's passport after she assumed office.

Rather, the NAAC should give Yingluck all the time she needs to prepare an adequate defence - and not a day more - for "Justice delayed is justice denied" (William Gladstone).

At the same time, they should speed up the investigation of charges against Suthep and the others related to the 2010 political unrest.

In all cases, the NAAC's verdict should be eminently supported by the evidence. Let the defendant's guilt, if any, be so apparent that even his/her supporters cannot deny it.

In the meantime, the universities, legal society, etc, should help educate Thais on the accountability of officeholders.

For example, Yingluck chaired the rice policy committee, overseeing the rice plan. Can she claim that she was responsible only for the policy and not for failing to stem any corruption or the B400 billion losses from implementing it?

Burin Kantabutra

Bangkok


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