to say the fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra has not encouraged change in Thailand would be an absolute lie. Thaksin’s taunting and catch me if you can attitude has sparked a bunch of changes, and they are all bad news for others who are on the run like Thaksin.
Connecting the Dots predicted this would be the case a few months ago, but we did not expect this full on new branch of the justice system to be formed. Needless to say Thaksin while on the run is clearly having a negative effect on other bad boys. This certainly will make for pleasant living conditions for Thaksin once he gets to bunk up with all the people that were hunted down because of him.
Quoting the Bangkok Post;
August 5, 2009 The cabinet has approved the Justice Ministry’s proposal to set up an Office of Legal Execution to ensure strict enforcement of the law and warrants issued for the arrest of fugitive criminal suspects, at home and abroad, Justice Minister Peerapan Saleerathwiphak said on Wednesday.
The minister said the new office will be attached to the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Justice.
It will be responsible for ensuring enforcement of the law, promote efficiency in the justice process, and tracking down suspects wanted under arrest warrants, both inside and outside the country.
Mr Peerapan said the new legal branch was not set up especially to bring fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to justice.
Thaksin fled the country before the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions handed down his two-year jail sentence. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
There were arrest warrants out for more than 260,000 suspects who remain fugitives, said Mr Peerapan.
Many of these people might be holding fake identification cards.
The new office would also be responsible for providing protection for witnesses in important criminal cases, and for members of their families, he said.
Mr Peerapan stressed that Thaksin was not the prime target of the new office, and that its purpose was not to support any particular political movement.