Is Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul serious about letting the International Criminal Court (ICC) probe and judge the 2010 political violence in Bangkok? Or is this just part of an orchestrated plot by the Pheu Thai Party to discredit Democrat Party leader and former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva ahead of the censure debate scheduled at the end of the month?
Whatever the real motive, Mr Surapong will not have an easy ride and his move faces a challenge from a group of senators led by Surachai Liangboonlertchai, the deputy speaker.
Last week Mr Surapong met with ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensuda in Bangkok and discussed the possibility of the ICC deliberating the violent political incidents in 2010 in which more than 90 people were killed. The foreign minister urged the Thai government to let the ICC have jurisdiction over the case.
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