Currently, 19 people are on trial for their role in the bloody events of last May, when the authorities felt compelled to impose a curfew on Bangkok and several provinces.
Despite bringing charges of murder, “prosecutors are not seeking evidence. They are not trying to find facts. They are not even interrogating the accused. All they are doing is bringing witnesses for the prosecution, and going ahead,” Mr Pontaklang.
The problem lies with the Department of Special Investigations, which is headed by Tharit Pengdid. It is officially charged with proving that UDD leaders were engaged in “terrorism”.
In fact, according to the UDD lawyer, “both Tharit and Procurator Julasing are members of the Operation Centre for the Control of Emergency Situations under Deputy Prime Minister Tueksuban. They are not impartial.”