Connect with us


Phuket Gazette: Army files complaint against Thaksin’s lawyer



– Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

Prayuth files complaint against Thaksin’s lawyer for defamation
Phuket Gazette / The Nation
PHUKET: Army commander-in-chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha has asked police to take legal action against red-shirt lawyer Robert Amsterdam and a Thai female interpreter for allegedly defaming the Army.

On Friday, Prayuth had a legal officer, Colonel Sayun Khunkhajee, file the complaint with the Lumpini police station in Bangkok. Pol Captain Bodin Khampui received the complaint filed against Amsterdam and an unidentified woman, who translated his speech during a red-shirt rally on May 19.

Sayun also handed over a CD with a video clip of Amsterdam’s speech.

In the speech, Amsterdam alleged the Thai Army committed brutality against the red-shirt people, using snipers. He also alleged the Army tried to frighten the red-shirts so that they could not campaign for their rights.

“Two years ago, I was here and I witnessed the brutality of the Thai Army,” Amsterdam said in the speech.

“But I want to tell you something. They are using American guns. We must tell the American government to stop training Thai snipers. Because of America, those snipers are [aiming] at us.

I have also one question for the Thai Army. “Who is attacking Thailand? Why is the Army so scared? [Why] do they make us so frightened? The truth is that the Army wants us frightened so that we don’t have the time to think about our own rights.”

Pol Maj-General Anuchai Lekbamrung, deputy metropolitan police commissioner, said Metropolitan Police Division 5 has set up a team of investigators to be in charge of the case.

Anuchai said the team would be fair to both Amsterdam and the Army.

Learning of the complaint, Amsterdam announced on his Twitter page that he would inform the International Court of Justice (ICC) of the Army chief’s move.

“News that the Thai Army and General Prayuth have filed criminal charges against me will be on the ICC’s desk on Monday morning,” his twitter message reads.

Amsterdam also posted a Thai-language statement about his reaction to the Army’s complaint.

He said in the statement the legal move showed that the Army and former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva were desperate because of legal action against them, so they were trying to use scare tactics to cover-up their alleged wrongdoings.

In the statement, Amsterdam stood by his speech made on May 19, the second anniversary of the crackdown on the red-shirt protesters at the Rajprasong Intersection.

Amsterdam said in the statement that he would continue to work with determination to bring senior leaders to justice on charges of crimes against humanity related to the crackdowns.

In another development, the website has published a document it claimed to be an order from the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation. The document purportedly stated that troops and police at security checkpoints could request backup from snipers in case they spotted armed men among the demonstrators.

— Phuket Gazette Editors


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Southeast Asia6 mins ago

North Korea aims to be world’s top nuclear power after missile test

Thailand30 mins ago

Naked Thai woman under influence of kratom rescued from Bang Pagong River

Teaching in Thailand1 hour ago

How to land an English teaching job in Thailand

Sponsored3 hours ago

What makes Tops Fine Food the ideal place to shop for premium food in Bangkok

Tourism1 hour ago

Cruise brings 600 tourists to Koh Samui

Politics1 hour ago

Bangladeshi-Burmese border conference offers model for Thailand

Press Room1 hour ago

BKFC Asia 4: The Big Bash announced for December 10

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Pattaya2 hours ago

Pattaya hotel thieves snatch valuables from Thai and Dutch tourists

Thailand2 hours ago

Thai gold necklace thief escapes arrest by swimming to Myanmar

China2 hours ago

People of China protest on streets over mainland’s zero-Covid policy

World3 hours ago

Iranian Kurdish football player arrested after speaking out

Tourism3 hours ago

Thailand’s monkey feast festival in Lopburi attracts raucous crowd

Travel3 hours ago

Eat, pray, sleep Bali-Style- how I escaped the box

Thailand4 hours ago

World Cup to be shown in Thai prison | GMT

Crime20 hours ago

Angry woman sets fire to her boyfriend’s Pattaya room

Thailand21 hours ago

Explore Thailand’s least visited city in the South!

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11