Capo has overstepped its authority, shunned its real job

Capo has overstepped its authority, shunned its real job

As the name itself suggests, the main task of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) is to enforce the Internal Security Act to ensure peace and order in areas covered by the law -- Bangkok, Nonthaburi and parts of Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani.

Telling the Constitutional Court and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to do their jobs in an honest and straightforward manner, as Capo did in its statement issued on Thursday, is by no means within its  authority. It can be construed as interference in the affairs of the two independent agencies.

In the statement, Capo warned the Constitutional Court not to cross the line by making a judgement on the status of the caretaker cabinet if it faults caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for the removal of National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Thawil Pliensri two years ago and rules that she must give up the premiership.

Chalerm Yubamrung, as head of the caretaker government's Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order, has way overstepped his legitimate authority in issuing a warning to the charter court and the NACC, says Veera.

Mr Thawil was recently reinstated by order of the Supreme Administrative Court, which ruled his removal unfair and an abuse of authority by the prime minister.

Capo said that if Ms Yingluck were to leave office as a result of the Constitutional Court's ruling, with the prospect of her cabinet having to stop functioning as well, the caretaker government had the right to seek the royal advice of His Majesty the King, to prevent the country from descending into a political vacuum.

Likewise, the NACC, which is deliberating a charge of dereliction of duty brought against Ms Yingluck pertaining to the rice pledging scheme, was also warned by Capo to handle the case with extreme caution.

Faulting the prime minister in either of the two cases may spark chaos, Capo said in a statement citing intelligence reports from the NSC and the Special Branch police.

Capo claimed that the statement had the rubber stamp of all governmental agencies and the three armed forces, which is doubtful.

If Capo knows in advance that there will be chaos, as it claimed, the proper action would be for it to act to prevent the trouble occurring by going after the potential troublemakers.

Capo should know who the ringleaders are because those who despise both the Constitutional Court and the NACC are supporters of the government, and have made it clear they will not accept rulings which are against the prime minister.

Yet, Capo instead chose to warn the court and NACC that there would be adverse consequences if either of them dares rule against the prime minister.

 Capo has overstepped its line of authority.

Veera Prateepchaikul

Former Editor

Former Bangkok Post Editor, political commentator and a regular columnist at Post Publishing.

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