Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Command influence, Bangkok style

There's a fascinating aspect to yesterday's release of the "Bangkok 14", student demonstrators who are under charges that will be tried by a military court. According to this Bangkok Post article:
Prime Minister Prayut [Chan-o-cha] said he had spoken to judicial authorities and made "suggestions" on how to handle the case. He broadcast this startling revelation himself, to the media. The sight of a superior officer influencing the actions of a court — even a military court — is a surprising admission. 
It also showed that while Gen Prayut says he must let the wheels of justice roll, he can influence, affect or even reverse that process.

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