LONDON, May 31, 2011 /CNW/ - In an interview published on 28th May in
the Thai newspaper Khao Sod, the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand,
Suthep Thaugsuban, issued a series of strongly-worded statements
against the London-based international lawyer Robert Amsterdam, who,
acting on behalf of the Red Shirt pro-democracy movement, seeks justice
for the killings of protesters during the government crackdown during
April and May 2010.
"I want Thai people to remember this name [Robert Amsterdam] because
this Farang is damaging Thailand badly," Deputy Prime Minister Suthep
said in his interview with the Khao Sod newspaper on 27th May, which
comes on the heels of a joint statement released by Amsterdam and
protest leader Prof. Thida Thavornseth regarding the June 2nd hearings
to be held against Red Shirt leaders. "This bastard is paid only to
damage Thailand and a person who hires him is even worse than this guy
as he is Thai. I am seeking a way to take legal action against him
because he regularly interferes in matters that affect the country's
internal security. This bastard Robert Amsterdam, Thais have to
remember this name."
These statements against Mr. Amsterdam by the Deputy Prime Minister,
including an implication that he will "suffer" for his activities, are
"indicative of how the ruling party views the legal system as an
instrument of political power," said Mr. Amsterdam in response.
"This obscene and extremist rhetoric from the Deputy Prime Minister
signals an intention to tighten the screws ahead of the elections, and
increase pressure on critics of the regime," said Robert Amsterdam,
referring to the June 2nd hearing of 17 Red Shirt leaders which may
result in their unlawful imprisonment. "We can now expect further
arrests, more false charges, and an attempt to jail as many protest
leaders as possible, which threatens to destabilize the political
environment in the months leading up to the election."
Amsterdam said his law firm, Amsterdam & Peroff, is appealing in
response to the aggressive statements to several international bodies,
including the International Commission of Jurists and the Asian Legal
Resource Center, urging international concern regarding the
deteriorating environment for the safety of lawyers and human rights
defenders working in Thailand.
Robert Amsterdam acts as international counsel to the leaders of the
United National Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD -
popularly known as "Red Shirts") and the former Prime Minister of
Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra. Amsterdam & Peroff LLP have published a
series of reports on the elections, focusing on the roles of the
military, the media, and the legal system governing the formation and
dissolution of parties, available on http://www.robertamsterdam.com/thailand.
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