Fugitive Terrorist Thaksin Shinawatra's Crimes Against Humanities
There have been plenty of rumours of Panthongtae Shinawatra being addicted to drugs. Some classmates, spoiled children from rich families, in Triam-Udomsuksa were addicted to methamphetamine. Unlike his sisters, Panthongtae has always been the dropout in colleges. He failed in Thammasat evening undergraduate course in computer science in 2000. At an open university, Ramkamhaeng political science faculty, he was found cheating in an exam in a subject on history.
Most of widely available and cheap drugs on black markets in Thailand are euphoric stimulants: amphetamine, ectasy or ice. To the lesser extent, opiate group is also not too difficult to buy: morphine, dextromorphine, and codeine. The golden triangle between Myanmar, Thai, Laos harbour all sorts of drugs mini-factories. Illicit trades fund the minority armed struggles in Myanmar against the military dictator regime. Amphetamine tablets, despite of being illegal, have been so abundant even in some petrol gas stations, because of secretive collaboration with local corrupt polices.
Having a son being a drug addict, Thaksin certainly abhors drug traffikers. He officially announced the iron fist policy on drug trafficking, setting up blacklists of thousands of suspects and ordered provincial governors and the police to effectively decrease the numbers within three months of 2003.
Thaksin, PM then, set the goal for the police for monthly 10 per cent, 25 per cent 30 per cent reduction of the suspects on the lists. Circulating letters to provincial governors instructed officers of three methods to reduce the number of suspects by: getting medical treatment as drug addicted patients; report themselves to the police; or police could shoot them on-spot. Thaksin also made official letters insisting people on the lists to personally report to the police. Immediately, after such personal visit to local police stations, on the vehicles back home many of them were fatally ambushed with suspicious traces of drugs planted in their vehicles.
During the 3 months of Thaksin's "War On Drugs" the murder statistic doubled. From February to April of 2003, there were 2,559 murders whereas approximately 1,400 murder cases were present in the equivalent periods of the previous two years, and of the two years after the harsh policy.
There was no attempt by local polices to investigate into those thousands of so-called "Cut-Off Link" murders. Police blames that the murders were among drug traffickers. For obvious police's involvement in the extrajudiciary killing, over a hundred cases of on-site police's shoot to kill, including some obvious innocent victims such as a toddler and children were lifted from indictment by state prosecutors. Unlike, cheap loans to the poors and reform of health care, Thaksin rarely brags about this successful iron fist policy on drugs as well as the massacre of over 80 civilian Muslims in the south of Thailand.
The investigation into such unaccountable deaths was possibly opened up only after the coup to topple Thaksin, during the interim govnermnt of PM Surayudth Julanond in 2006. It was silenced again in Thaksin's proxies, PM Samak's and Somchai's terms.
It is obvious that Thaksin Shinawatra, during his PM term had committed Crimes Against Humanities with his initiative to illegally irradicate drug traffickers, while the genocidal massacre against Muslims was also executed. His policy resulted in significantly brutal and widespread murders of people who were only at the worst, just suspected criminals. They were supposed to be put on fair trials. Instead, thousands of civilians, presumably innocent were systematic attacked against, under Thaksin's policy driven, in organized and stepwise manners.
Chuan Leekpai, PM in 1999 signed the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to engage Thailand in international anti-crimes against humanities. Later, Thaksin PM then during his term, refrained from ratification of the treaty. The present PM Abhisit is refreshing the investigation of the unaccountable deaths during Thaksin's terms and considering to file the case convicting the fugitive international terrrorsit Thaksin Shinawatra to the International Criminal Court, at the Hague, Netherland.