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Handing 2010 cases over to ICC discussed

Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul will discuss with other agencies on Thursday the draft recognition of the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court to probe the deaths of 98 people during the crackdown on red-shirt protesters in 2010.



Representatives of the Justice Ministry, Council of State, Attorney-General's Office, National Police and Department of Special Investigation will be invited to the meeting at the Foreign Ministry at 3pm, Surapong said yesterday.

The government is seeking an investigation by the ICC into the Democrat-led administration's involvement in the killings. Since Thailand is not a state party to the ICC, it must agree to accept the court's jurisdiction over the case.

If no agencies are opposed to the draft announcement, it would be sent to the Cabinet for approval, he said.

Attorneys of the international tribunal and officials of the Treaties and Legal Affairs Department of the Foreign Ministry have explained that the recognition would be regarded as a treaty and not subject to approval by Parliament under Article 190 of the Constitution, he said.

The request would be a unilateral move by Thailand and could be rescinded anytime, he said.

If other government agencies have questions about the recognition, the Foreign Ministry would forward them to the ICC.

Depending on the result of the meeting, the recognition might be accomplished this year.

The recognition would not comprise the country's judicial sovereignty because the ICC would not interfere in cases that could be handled by the Thai Criminal Court.

"We want to speed up the issue because we don't want to see more coups and more undemocratic actions or killings of Thais," he said.

The rush had nothing to do with the threat by red-shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan to push for a change of foreign minister if the matter was further delayed, he added.


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