Thailand: Did the government and the Red Shirts cut a deal?
And was this the condition of the UDD leadership's surrender?
Thaksin's arrest warrant delayed
The Criminal Court has taken back the arrest warrant for convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on terrorism charges on Wednesday night, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) director-general Tharit Pengdit said.
Mr Tharit said the court had issued arrest warrants for Thaksin and nine other anti-government core members on terrorism charges earlier today but it had decided to recall Thaksin's arrest warrant.
"Further investigation will take place on May 24 at 9.30am," the DSI chief said.
The attorneys had already approved the 10 arrest warrants but the DSI would have to wait for the court's deliberation on Thaksin's case again, he added.
Just to refresh your memory, the sticking point that caused the negotiations between the government and the UDD (Red Shirt leadership) to fall apart just before all the demons let loose in Bangkok was the issue of amnesty.
The UDD leaders wanted the government to arrest its own head of security and bring charges against him for the April 10th killings. The reason behind this is that they (UDD leaders) wanted to protect themselves--or at least have a bargaining chip--against similar charges pressed against themselves.
It's complicated, I know, bear with me!
Anyway, the government refused to do it, and that's when the UDD leadership split into two wings--one that wanted to accept the government deal anyway, and the other (the Seh Daeng, radical wing) that said, "No way."
And that is when everything ratcheted up, the government withdrew its deal, and the violence started.
But yesterday, right before the Army moved in on the demonstrators, these same UDD guys decided, okay, we're turning ourselves in.
So they do...and they're all indicted..EXCEPT Thaksin Shinawatra.
Doesn't this seem very odd? If they had surrendered and agreed to the deal last weekend, how many lives would have been saved?
The "delay" of Thaksin's arrest warrant really seems suspicious in the light of all this. It looks to me like another piece of evidence to support the theory that the breakdown of the original negotiation was all about Thaksin.