Former PM Anand Panyarachun: Red-shirt Petition Unlawful


A former prime minister of Thailand, Anand Panyarachun considers the move by the red-shirts to petition for a royal pardon on the behalf of ousted Premier and fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra unlawful.

A former prime minister of Thailand Anand Panyarachun said the move on the royal pardon was not only unlawful, but it was also not in accordance with tradition.

He added that the government must decide whether to accept this petition, adding that inappropriate matter that could cause an uproar should be nipped in the bud.

He also recommended that the Abhisit government explain to the public that blocking the move was in no way political bullying of supporters of the Democratic Alliance against Dictatorship. He said the move should be stopped simply because it was unlawful.

Drawing from his own experience, Anand said his belief in the Thai justice system was steadfast as he himself was tried on two occasions. He was tried on a nonfeasance charge while holding political office, and for a communist charge in the aftermath of the October 6, 1976 bloodbath at Thammasart University. He was cleared of both charges.

He went on to say that over the past five to six decades, there have been soldiers and politicians who were jailed, but they fought their cases through proper channels. To him, to say that Thai law and the judiciary system is unfair is a feeble excuse that anyone can use, but proof of innocence must be demonstrated in the court of law. Anand said Thai law ensures fairness for everyone.

From his observations of Thaksin, Anand said Thaksin would approve practices that benefit him and would criticize those that do not.. Anand added that the monarchy was under the Constitution and could not be brought down to be involved in politics. To stage a move to pressure His Majesty the King into overturning the court’s verdict is out of the question. Any conflict surrounding the petition must be dealt without involving the monarchy.

TAN, 13 August 2009


Anand has a piece of advice for Thaksin: Come home….

Anand Panyarachun, a former prime minister, has told another ex-premier, Thaksin Shinawatr, to come home and fight his case through the judicial system “the same way that I did when I was accused of being a communist.”

Anand gave a special interview that was aired as part of a special programme on Channel 11 entitled: “Stop the Petition!” broadcast just now. He said the petition being planned by the red-shirts to be presented to the King to seek a pardon for Thaksin was against rules, regulations and tradition.

“Khun Thaksin and some of his followers have said the judicial system has double standards. But from my own observation, they seem to accept the part that benefits them and criticizes the part that doesn’t,” Anand said.

Will Thaksin come back? He would, but only after he has been pardoned!



Ex-PM Anand: UDD´s royal amnesty illegitimate

Former Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun indicated that the move by the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) to seek an amnesty petition for fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was illegitimate.

Mr. Anand stated that the movement was not only unlawful but also not in compliance with the norm and tradition. He urged the government to make a stance whether such a petition should be presented to His Majesty the King. If the action was inappropriate and the government chose to intercept it, the former Prime Minister insisted that a clarification to the public on the illegality of the attempt would be necessary.

Mr. Anand observed that Mr. Thaksin usually agreed with practices that benefited him and objected the rest. He explained that, in Thailand, the monarchy was placed under the Constitution and thus had no authority to reverse the court’s ruling against Mr. Thaksin. He insisted that any conflict on the amnesty petition issue must be resolved without the monarchy’s involvement.



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