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Prayuth washes hands off Abhisit Army rank issue

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BANGKOK: -- Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha yesterday declined to comment on the defence minister's order to appoint a committee to consider stripping Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva of his Army rank.

Prayuth said he would leave the matter up to the investigation process and the justice system, adding that he did not wish to clash with his superiors or Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat.

Sukampol has alleged that Abhisit dodged military conscription and, hence, was not qualified to hold the rank of second lieutenant, which he earned while teaching at the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy. Prayuth had earlier defended Abhisit, saying he had not dodged conscription but sought to delay it and was eventually exempted when he got hired as a teacher at the academy.

Also yesterday, Pheu Thai MP Korkaew Pikulthong renewed his call for Sukampol to take legal action against Abhisit, alleging the Democrat leader had used false documents to apply for a job with the academy.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, meanwhile, said he could not comment on the case because he had not seen documents from the Defence Ministry yet. Chalerm added that the case of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra - whose police rank of lieutenant colonel the opposition wants revoked because he is a fugitive - was different from that of Abhisit. The deputy PM said he would never strip Thaksin of his rank, but would instead promote him to become a general.

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Justice, 'Thaksin thinks" Pheu Thai and UDD style. I assume k. Chalerm made his remarks on promoting a well deserving individual in parliament where he is free to say more-or-less what he wants?

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Justice, 'Thaksin thinks" Pheu Thai and UDD style. I assume k. Chalerm made his remarks on promoting a well deserving individual in parliament where he is free to say more-or-less what he wants?

The Ombudsman Office determined that issuing a new passport to a convicted fugitive on the run was wrong.

Will the Police Commission make the same determination on promoting a convicted fugitive on the run policeman to Police General?

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The PT is reaching new low's in nonsense.

They should all be issued a new tab the same as the students. It would be a big help in their education.

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So lets assume abhisit is stripped of his rank....will anything change? The reds commentators may feel smug, but in the bigger picture this will have no effect whatsoever, other than promoting reconciliation (aka getting back at your enemies)

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Yes PT, the party who seeks reconciliation by spending every waking moment finding new ways to antagonize and humiliate their opponents! I'm sure that will motivate the Dems to reach out, hug and make up.

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I seem to remember that Chalerm's two elder sons were cashiered from the police because their conscription papers were found to be false.

Abhisit's explanations about his conscription are indeed unconvincing and probably untrue. I wonder how many other politicians and their sons paid to avoid the draft? A bit of army discipline and square bashing would have done all of them some good. I think the Ombudsman should conduct a thorough investigation of all of them.

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The thing that I get out of this, which is good, is that the Military commander has elected to stay quiet. Let the politicians play tennis with it, and the army to concentrate on running the Army.

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The thing that I get out of this, which is good, is that the Military commander has elected to stay quiet. Let the politicians play tennis with it, and the army to concentrate on running the Army.

Can't help but wonder what was the price for the Army's silence. I would hate to think of a new wave of procurement programs for airships, submarines and phony bomb detectors. whistling.gif

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Let's just all make up the rules as we go along? Leaving a police ranking on Thaksin simply shows the contempt the present Govt has for Thailand but essentially endorse the corruption within police ranks. Abhisit getting an army rank and then making it to eventually becoming PM, in my opinion should be upheld as an endorsement of his office held. Nothing wrong in that but of course, the reds would not see that.

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There are major issues that need to dealt with, the southern insurgency, Thailand's possible blacklisting because of money laundering suspicions as well as other issues, but this government seems more content to chase unimportant issues that will have no bearing on the country's future such as this matter with Khun Abhisit. What chance does this country have so long as the issues that need attention are ignored in favor of personal vendettas.

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The deputy PM said he would never strip Thaksin of his rank, but would instead promote him to become a general.

Would that be classed as "trolling"?

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Let's just all make up the rules as we go along? Leaving a police ranking on Thaksin simply shows the contempt the present Govt has for Thailand but essentially endorse the corruption within police ranks. Abhisit getting an army rank and then making it to eventually becoming PM, in my opinion should be upheld as an endorsement of his office held. Nothing wrong in that but of course, the reds would not see that.

At the end of the day for Abhisit, not really a big deal, especially if they say it was reasonably common amongst the privileged. Bit like election campaigns in our democracies where they will uncover a love child or a dope smoker back in University days. If Military service was mandatory to enter parliament, then a bit different perhaps.

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You can't help but notice there is a certain pattern of deception with Abhisit.

He dodged the draft, got his job using fake documents ... Even his job as PM, he couldn't get it by himself. He failed the election and has to be rescued by using some legal shenanigans ...

The only positive point about Abhisit is its sheer incompetence make him totally harmless

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