Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul has broken both the spirit and the letter of international relations in his proposal to let the International Criminal Court (ICC) take charge of investigating the 2010 political violence in Bangkok. His advice to the government to give jurisdiction to the ICC violates the underpinnings of Thai law, including the constitution.
The most charitable interpretation of Mr Surapong's message is that he has been taken in by the most radical members of the red shirts. As a member of the government, Mr Surapong is putting extremely bad politics ahead of the country.
The idea of calling on the ICC came from extremists in the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD). Their foreign lobbyist and legal advisor, Robert Amsterdam, actually sent a citizen's petition to the ICC last year. The dream of these radical red shirts is that the ICC will arrest ex-prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, and imprison him for life for crimes against humanity.
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