Mr. Yongyuth Tiyapairat: Why now?

11 02 2009

Yongyuth Tiyapairat, known in Thailand as “Yuth the Refrigerator”, is a loyal aide of Thaksin Shinawatra and the former deputy leader of the dissolved People Power Party. He claimed the Democrat led coalition government attempts to prosecute him over the murder of Kornthep Viriya, alias Shipping Moo, in 2003. He showed footage of the raid on his house in Chiang Rai in September 2006 in silent mode. The incidence took place in 2006. Why Yongyuth only shows the footage of the raid now ,why not earlier? If he is negotiating for his own survival , will it has any effect on the undergoing investigation related to the murder case of Kornthep?

During the press conference, Yongyuth said he had to expose the attempt to prosecute him as he had been cornered. So far, eight cases, mostly election violations, have been filed against him since the coup.

The murder of Kornthep is one of four cases recently ordered revived by Prime Minister Abhisit. The others involve the murder of four Saudis in 1989 and 1990, the disappearance of human rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit in 2004, and the shooting of Donald Whiting in Hua Hin last year.

Kornthep, witnessed in a tax evasion case filed against a company owned by Thaksin Shinawatra, was gunned down in Chiang Rai. Yongyuth denied any involvement in the killing in his political stronghold.

Yongyuth said those in power had ordered police to link him to the murder. He said that during the Sept 19, 2006 coup, a police lieutenant-general went to Mae Chan district to ask a police officer to implicate Mr Yongyuth in the murder in exchange for a promotion. He claimed to know who had ordered the men to raid his house and the purpose of the raid. He said that if he is prosecuted, the CD footage would then be submitted to an international human rights organisation.

Well, Yongyuth has the right to take the case on the international level, but many including me wonder why he acts on the raid now, why not earlier? Is it because his big boss is loosing power and he has finally realised that the chace for his boss to be back is very limited.  I wonder if his strategy in asking international help will survive him in the political battle! If the court finds him guilty, there will be no way out for him.

I think what he hopes for in showing the footage is to turn public attention to the person behind the raid on his house. Turning on silent mode to threathen the man behind the scene. If my guess is right, the person who he would like to point his finger to and to convince the public to guess along the way can not be anybody else if not the Chairman of the Privy Council Prem. If my analysis is true, I doubt if Yongyuth will ever win his case. The more he is struggle for survival, the more he will be wounded in the fight…



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