PAD Core Leader Welcomes NACC Indictment as Step towards Police Reform


The core leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy welcomes the ruling of the anti-graft agency against the former prime minister, the former deputy prime minister, and two high-ranking police officers as a step towards reform in the police force.

The core leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy or PAD, Sondhi Limthongkul welcomed the ruling handed down by the National Anti-Corruption Commission, which indicted former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, former deputy prime minister General Chawalit Yongjaiyuth, National Police Chief, Police General Patcharawat Wongsunwan, and former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Police Lieutenant General Suchart Muankaew for their roles in the bloody October 7 crackdown last year.

However, Sondhi disagreed that the NACC did not find grounds for legal action agains.t the deputy metropolitan police commissioner.

Sondhi said he welcomed this indictment as it was a sign of improvement in the Thai Justice system. He said those who were responsible for the incident must be held accountable. He believes this ruling will lead to reform within the police force.

In addition, Sondhi said he was not surprised that Police General Patcharawat signed an order to replace the chief investigator in the airport seizure case, Police Lieutenant General Wut Puawes, with Police Lieutenant General Somyos Phumphanmuang as it was within Patcharawat’ s authority to do so.

However, Sondhi has revealed that if this change leads to the unfairness for the PAD, he will oppose it before the National Anti-Corruption Commission or the Administrative Court.

Sondhi has confirmed that he does not wish to pressure Police General Thanee into rushing the investigation into the attempt on his life, even though General Thanee has about 20 days left in office before he reaches mandatory retirement. Sondhi believes General Thaness will surprise people with the progress of the case eventually, adding that he has already forgiven those who were involved in the attempt on his life.

Meanwhile, Police Lieutenant General Somyos has revealed that he has yet to receive an order putting him in charge of the airport seizure case, but said it would be improper as he was not in charge of Provincial Police Region 1. He says if his superiors insist, he will oblige, but he will step down if he finds himself unfit for the task.



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