Yingluck trial: Thai court verdict due for former PM..flees to Dubai?

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41033433

Thailand’s high court is set to deliver its verdict on former PM Yingluck Shinatrawa on charges of negligence over a rice subsidy scheme.

The programme cost the Thai government billions of dollars in losses.

Ms Yingluck, who became Thailand’s first female prime minister in 2011, has denied wrongdoing. If found guilty, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a lifetime ban from politics.

She was impeached in 2015 for corruption in the rice scheme.

The impeachment, which came months after she had stepped down, and the court case were initiated by an army-backed legislature.

But she remains popular. Hundreds of her supporters have turned up outside the Supreme Court in Bangkok ahead of the verdict, amid a heavy police presence.

Ms Yingluck’s rice subsidy scheme, which was part of her election campaign platform, launched in 2011 shortly after she took office.

It was aimed at boosting farmers’ incomes and alleviating rural poverty, and saw the government paying farmers nearly twice the market rate for their crop.

But it hit Thailand’s rice exports hard, leading to a loss of at least $8bn (£6.25bn) and huge stockpiles of rice which the government could not sell.

Though popular with her rural voter base, opponents said the scheme was too expensive and open to corruption.

During her trial, Ms Yingluck had argued she was not responsible for the day-to-day running of the scheme. She has insisted she is a victim of political persecution.

https://journal-neo.org/2017/08/16/us-regime-change-who-are-thailands-activists/

AFP recently published an article regarding Thailand’s ongoing political conflict, portraying a so-called “student activist” the recent victim of what it calls, “increased ferocity under Thailand’s military rulers.”

The article titled, “Thai student leader pleads guilty to lese majeste,” claims:

A prominent student leader on Tuesday pleaded guilty to defaming Thailand’s royal family by sharing a news story about the kingdom’s new monarch on Facebook, his lawyer said. 

Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpatararaksa, 25, is the latest anti-junta activist to be hit with the country’s draconian lese majeste law which bans any criticism of the monarchy.

However, the article categorically fails to mention that Jatupat Boonpatararaksa is member of a foreign-backed opposition front aimed at carrying out destructive regime change just as US-European interests have done everywhere from South America and Eastern Europe, to North Africa and the Middle East.
AFP also fails to report that Boonpatararaksa is part of an opposition that has regularly resorted to intimidation, violence, murder and terrorism, with members of the movement most recently carrying out a string of bombings in Bangkok, including one that targeted a hospital.

Boonpatararaksa in particular receives direct aid and assistance from the US, Canadian and various European embassies in Thailand.  His family members, since his imprisonment, have received visits from embassy staff, including Second Secretary at the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok, Shawn Friele.

Friele has also lent direct support to other members of this foreign-backed opposition including the US State Department-funded Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. His support included a thank you published on social media implicating foreign support provided by at least five other Western governments.

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights is just one of many foreign-funded fronts posing as “nongovernmental organisations” created and funded by the US State Department to execute US foreign policy objectives within the borders of a sovereign foreign nation.

Upon closer examination of Thailand’s “draconian lese majeste law,” it is clear that only members of this foreign-backed opposition movement are being targeted. Their convictions under the law are by far more lenient than more appropriate convictions for sedition, treason and providing material support for terrorism, convictions or even accusations of which in the West have resulted in extrajudicial executions, indefinite detention without trial and institutionalised torture.

AFP and other US and European media outlets intentionally omit these facts from their reports, creating the same sort of resentment among public perception toward Thailand and its institutions as it has fostered around the globe ahead of other regime change attempts.

While AFP and others attempt to create the perception that people like Boonpatararaksa are independent activists fighting for humanitarian causes, they are in fact foreign agents facilitating destabilisation on behalf of special interests on Wall Street and in Washington and within the capitals of their European allies.

While AFP attempts to defend Boonpatararaksa as a mere activist, it should be noted that simply allegations of similar behaviour levelled against Russia regarding America’s internal political processes have prompted sanctions, diplomatic expulsions, arrests and even threats of war.

Thailand’s jailing of one foreign-backed agitator falls far short of America’s reaction to alleged Russian interference despite the fact that US interference in Thailand is not only obvious, it is documented, even flaunted on the US National Endowment for Democracy’s (NED) own website.

America’s reaction to alleged Russian interference indicates that Washington views foreign interference as intolerable, yet it has mobilised its media resources to denounce nations like Thailand who are confronting and convicting agents of foreign interests engaged in precisely what is clear cut foreign interference. The only real question now is how sustainable American and European hypocrisy is and if their double standards will enable or hinder attempts at destabilising and overthrowing Thailand’s current political order.

As to why the US seeks regime change in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, long-stated US foreign policy identifies a rising China as a direct threat to what American policymakers call US “primacy” over Asia. Overthrowing independent political orders all across Southeast Asia and replacing them with complicit client states allows Washington to create a united front with which to encircle and contain Chinese influence, both in the region and globally.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41059887

Thailand’s ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra fled to Dubai ahead of the verdict in her trial over a rice subsidy scheme, members of her party have said.

Pheu Thai Party sources said Ms Shinawatra left Thailand last week.

It was revealed on Friday that Ms Yingluck, who is charged with negligence, had gone abroad but the destination was not known.

When she failed to appear in court, an arrest warrant was issued and her bail was confiscated.

Dubai is where her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, lives in self-imposed exile. He went there to avoid a 2008 jail sentence for corruption.

“We heard that she went to Cambodia and then Singapore, from where she flew to Dubai. She has arrived safely and is there now,” a senior member of the Shinawatras’ party told Reuters.

Deputy national police chief Gen Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul said police had no record of Ms Yingluck leaving the country and were following the matter closely.

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said Ms Yingluck’s location would “be clear soon”.

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where is she?

who is pushing this?

“While AFP and others attempt to create the perception that people like Boonpatararaksa are independent activists fighting for humanitarian causes, they are in fact foreign agents facilitating destabilisation on behalf of special interests on Wall Street and in Washington and within the capitals of their European allies.”

its on going..

“Overthrowing independent political orders all across Southeast Asia and replacing them with complicit client states allows Washington to create a united front with which to encircle and contain Chinese influence, both in the region and globally.”

401

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~ by seeker401 on August 28, 2017.

5 Responses to “Yingluck trial: Thai court verdict due for former PM..flees to Dubai?”

  1. “The only real question now is how sustainable American and European hypocrisy is and if their double standards will enable or hinder attempts at destabilising and overthrowing Thailand’s current political order.”

    That is the big question.

    “Thailand’s ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra fled to Dubai…”
    What happens in Dubai, stays in Dubai

    • dubai..centre of the new world..

      • I know some people who spent a couple decades in the gulf state region (I have to leave specifics left out). They said to me the other day, what I never knew, is Dubai is considered to be the Las Vegas of that region. Sin City. It is a common place to go to get drunk, commit adultery, and fornication. Lots of prostitutes there. It is even said by some there, as it is said in Las Vegas, what happens in Dubai, stays in Dubai.

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