BP: Umm, Tak Bai happened in October 2004 and the Emergency Decree didn't come into force until July 2005 so how were they acting under the Emergency Decree? Hopefully, there will be some legal analysis of the decision, at least in the Thai language media, and will try to provide more about it next week.
Bangkok Pundit is right.
Section 17, the liability section cited in the verdict, was part of the 2005 Emergency Decree.
So far, The Nation and Bangkok Post are covering up for the court.
Looks like Thaksin was right. The courts are compromised and don't adjudicate according to the law.