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Thailand's Future Uncertain
In Wake Of Populist Ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra's
Ralph Jennings , CONTRIBUTOR
Thailand has weathered 13 coups over some eight decades, but the Southeast Asian country is toying with a new political upset as the Supreme Court considers a 10-year sentence for former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over her role in a rice subsidy scandal. She, her brother and their party enjoy backing by Thailand’s legendary Red Shirts, the moniker for tens of thousands of populist, pro-little guy protesters who disrupted Thailand in 2009 and 2010, eventually clashing with troops.
The prime minister from 2013 until her ouster a year later in a military coup missed her scheduled court sentencingFriday for health reasons, prompting the judge to issue an arrest warrant as her lawyer gave no evidence of ailment. Sentencing has been rescheduled for Sept. 27.
Yingluck is being tried for criminal negligence of duty for her hand in Thailand’s rice subsidy scheme of three years ago. Her brother Thaksin Shinawatra, himself a former prime minister who has lived in exile since his government was overthrown amidst corruption allegations in 2006, helped Yingluck with the setup to pay sometimes struggling farmers more than market price for their rice. The scheme is said to have lost the government some $15 billion. It added to the Shinawatra family’s support in rural Thailand while upsetting the country’s urbanites. Yingluck denies any wrongdoing in the scheme.
Yingluck's backers call the case a political move to push her family away from power and several thousand showed near the court Friday. They might confidently suspect that the junta government wants her in prison to preserve its own grip on the country, where it has been slow to fulfill pledgesof a return to democracy. The Shinawatras presided during a period of stronger democracy.
A verdict following hearings since July may fuel stronger relations between her Pheu Thai Party and the rival Democrat Party in an “anti-military coalition,” according to commentary on the news website ASEAN Today. That outcome would almost certainly strain existing political divisions, it adds.
But the biggest threat is a massive resurgence of the Red Shirts, something the military government is expected to quash. They could rise again if a verdict angers people in rural Thailand, where the Shinawatra pair has drawn much of its support. A light verdict would cast the military government as weak toward an adversary, perhaps inspiring other detractors to rise up.
“Unrest in the country is likely to follow,” regardless of the verdict, said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a political science professor at Chulalongkorn University. “If found guilty, she may become the rallying point for an uprising against the junta,” he says. “If found not guilty, the junta will have to face questions about its ability to govern effectively.”
The junta hopes to balance heading off protests against conceding much to the defendant, says Michael Montesano,visiting research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. “The verdict will really be about how far the dictatorship thinks that it can go to keep the Shinawatra family out of politics,” Montesano says. “If it goes too far, it may provoke a backlash. If it does not go far enough, then it may fail in its obsessive drive against Shinawatra influence.”
I watched it through.... there were many interesting points for all the questions
have been raised .... all the security were intacted and how did Yingluck get away..?
Will this mean that Taksin prepare to move his card up ...
When his all believers are out of country ,,,?
Or Yingluck is simply disappeared and not to be found at all.....?
OR THESE ARE ONLY NEWS ... THEY ARE COME AND THEN GONE WITH THE WIND...?
For whatever it is ... the evidence is now Yingluck gone and Taksin is not being poor ...
Yingluck Shinawatra | AP
Yingluck ditched phones, changed vehicles before escape, Thai Army chief believes
BANGKOK – Fugitive former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra discarded her mobile phones and stopped traveling in her usual vehicles in the days before last week’s dramatic escape, the chief of the Thailand Army said Tuesday, as her party vowed to fight on.
Yingluck, whose government was toppled by the military in 2014, staged a disappearing act before a scheduled court judgment last Friday in a criminal negligence trial.
She faced up to 10 years in prison and a lifetime ban from politics if convicted. But instead she was a no-show, with junta and party sources saying she had fled abroad.
Thailand’s junta has come under fire from some conservative allies over Yingluck’s disappearance, with many questioning how the authoritarian regime could have let her flee given that she was heavily monitored.
Army chief Gen. Chalermchai Sitthisad gave a lengthy defense on Tuesday, which offered insights into how military intelligence kept track of Yingluck and how she might have slipped the net.
“As of now we learned that she abandoned all of her phones and changed her cars so it was hard to trace her using the same methods we did before,” he told reporters, confirming military intelligence had previously used electronic and physical surveillance.
But Chalermchai said officers had recently been withdrawn from guarding the front of her Bangkok house.
“The public alleged that it was violating her personal rights and intimidating her so we withdrew the force,” he said.
Yingluck frequently complained of being constantly followed by military intelligence since she was ousted from office.
In its first statement since her disappearance, Yingluck’s Pheu Thai party vowed to stay together and push for a democratic Thailand despite losing its figurehead.
“The party believes the former prime minister will explain to the public (her decision to flee) at the proper time,” the statement said.
Thai media has been full of speculation about how she might have escaped, with most suggesting she went to Cambodia either by land or sea in the days before the court verdict and then on to Singapore.
A senior junta source said they believe she had fled to Dubai, the base of Shinawatra family patriarch Thaksin, a billionaire who is Yingluck’s older brother.
Chalermchai said he thinks it was unlikely Yingluck would have been able to fly directly out of Thailand given security procedures at airports, even for private flights. Instead, he said, a land or sea exit was more likely.
But he added that once outside Thailand she likely took a private flight organized by Thaksin.
“I believe that former Prime Minister Thaksin prepared a plan for her, for example a private aircraft which regular people cannot find,” he said.
The Shinawatra political dynasty began under Thaksin in 2001 with a series of groundbreaking welfare schemes that won them votes and the loyalty of the rural poor.
But their popularity rattled the royalist and army-aligned elite, who assailed successive governments linked to the clan with coups, court cases and protests.
Thaksin himself was toppled in a 2006 coup and fled overseas two years later to avoid jail for a corruption conviction.
The period since then — dubbed the “Lost Decade” — has seen frequent deadly street protests, short-lived governments and the return of military rule in 2014.
Another Shinawatra sibling tipped to lead Pheu Thai party
Ms Monthathip Kovitcharoenkul previously headed M Link Asia Corporation, renamed Ferrum in 2015.
BANGKOK • Another member of the Shinawatra family has been tipped to become the new leader of the Pheu Thai Party, and a party candidate as the next prime minister.
Ms Monthathip Kovitcharoenkul, a businesswoman in the telecom industry, is a sister of former prime ministers Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra. She is the eighth of the 10 Shinawatra siblings, with Thaksin being the second eldest and Yingluck the youngest.
Formerly known as Yaowaman Shinawatra, Ms Monthathip is married with two children.
Ms Yingluck had earlier dismissed speculation that Ms Monthathip, 58, would become the next Pheu Thai leader, saying her elder sister had no interest in politics.
According to the embattled Ms Yingluck, who is currently facing up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of negligence over her role in a state rice subsidy scheme, veteran politician Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan was more likely to head Pheu Thai.
Ms Yingluck herself denied being the party's prime ministerial candidate ahead of the general election in 2011, before she ended up heading a Pheu Thai-led government after being elected an MP for the first time in her life.
Ms Monthathip, who has degrees in business management and public administration, previously headed M Link Asia Corporation, a company listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand that she co-founded in 1995. The firm was known as a major mobile-phone dealer, complementing the family's mobile network business Advanced Info Service (AIS).
In 2015, M Link was renamed Ferrum, in which some people from the Shinawatra clan are still major shareholders.
Just a year before that, in May 2014, Ms Monthathip and her husband were fined 9.6 million baht (S$390,000) by the Stock and Exchange Commission for insider trading involving M Link.
Ms Monthathip has been tipped to become Pheu Thai's next prime ministerial candidate as it is likely that Ms Yingluck may be stripped of her right to contest an election if she is found guilty in the rice subsidy case. The case is being heard by the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office Holders.
Pheu Thai needs a candidate to take Ms Yingluck's place and the Shinawatras seem to trust family over outsiders.
THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
/ PROFILE / Thaksin Shinawatra
REAL TIME NET WORTH — as of 9/13/17
Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister of Thailand, who has been living in self-imposed exile in Dubai for the past decade, owns a controlling stake in property firm SC Asset, among much else. The ruling military junta recently sought to collect a retrospective tax on Thaksin's sale of telecom firm Shin Corp's shares to Singapore's Temasek 11 years ago. Thaksin has filed an appeal against the demand with the revenue department. Last October, he delivered a lecture on reducing poverty at California's Loyola Marymount University.
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