Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Bangkok Post: Case to extradite Thaksin 'weak'


Public prosecutors are worried that evidence to convict ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra may be too weak to have him extradited to Thailand.

Sampan Sarathana, chief prosecutor for foreign litigation, said after having met with UK authorities recently that evidence may not be enough for extradition to be proceed.

Mr Sampan led a team of public prosecutors to London to try to convince the British government and courts to extradite Thaksin and his wife Potjaman so they can face court charges in Thailand.

The couple face graft charges in connection with the purchase of land near Ratchadaphisek Road.

Mr Sampan vowed to continue preparing more on the documentation, which he said would take more than two months, before sending them to UK authorities.

Well, any fool could have predicted this.

Let us do a cost benefit analysis:

Thai prosecutors go on a multi-million baht luxury junket to London for eight days.

Result: Nothing.

Further, I find it fascinating that these prosecutors need another 2 months to gather evidence.

I thought they have indicted Thaksin already, which means they should have enough evidence to prosecute Thaksin in a Thai court, so why another 2 months to gather more evidence?

Of course the worthless Thai media doesn't ask the hard questions like: What exactly did you do in England for eight days? Who did you meet with? Why couldn't you have figured out what was missing by conference call or over the internet? What other information is needed to make this case move forward? How much money did you spend on your junket? What hotel did you stay at?

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