Deputy PM Suthep has raised the alarming prospect of action against those named in the army’s document alleging a plot to overthrow the monarchy. Here is an unofficial translation of Matichon’s report:
‘Thep Thaug’ Threatens Warrants of Arrest for the Plan to Topple the Monarchy, Not Excluding the Former Prime Minister, Along With Forbidding Them to Leave the Country
9.45 a.m., 27 April, Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban, deputy prime minister, in his capacity as director of the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) spoke about the proceedings regarding the individuals whose names were listened in the document about toppling the monarchy that was prepared by the CRES. He said that the proceedings would be fully according to law. If there are any cases in which there was sufficient evidence, then an arrest warrant would be issued. If necessary, orders forbidding these individuals from leaving the Kingdom of Thailand would be issued.
A reporter asked about how they would proceed regarding the former prime minister. Mr. Suthep answered “Whoever it is, we will do the same thing. No one can violate the King, who is respected and beloved by the people.”
As has so often been the issue in lese majeste cases in recent years, the question of evidence is primary here. What kind of evidence will Suthep deem sufficient for a warrant? And how will this evidence be procured? Will it be made public? Or will it instead be placed beyond the view of eyes who might question its veracity?