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The Shrewd Connivance of the PAD

PAD Suspects Challenge Charges in Unprecedented Legal Standoff

In a remarkable turn of events, the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) suspects, facing charges related to the occupation of Bangkok’s two main airports, have left police baffled by refusing to recognize the international terrorism charges leveled against them. During their meeting with investigators yesterday, the 30 individuals involved employed an unusual legal strategy, declining to accept the standard procedures usually followed by suspects during questioning.

The PAD members, known for their dramatic seizure of Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports, contested the police’s decision to categorize these actions as acts of international terrorism. By not acknowledging the charges, they broke away from the typical legal process, challenging the very foundation of the accusations against them.

This defiance prompted the suspects to submit a formal petition, arguing against the police’s rationale for defining the airport occupations as terrorist activities. This move has effectively stalled the legal process, as the police now find themselves in the position of having to revisit the law books to determine how to proceed.

The situation has left authorities in a quandary, as the PAD’s legal objections prevent the continuation of standard legal actions against them. The police, caught off guard by these unprecedented legal maneuvers, have admitted the need for additional time to consult legal statutes to decide on their next steps. This development marks a significant deviation from the norm, highlighting the complexities and challenges of prosecuting politically motivated actions within the framework of international terrorism laws.


Oh, how the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) must be chuckling into their sleeves, thinking themselves the cleverest kids on the political block. In a display of what can only be described as sheer audacity, they’ve decided that laws, like queues at the buffet, are for other, lesser mortals. According to their latest antics, responding to police summonses is passé, and acknowledging charges? Absolutely out of the question.

The Nation, ever so enchanted by PAD’s bold disregard for legal norms, paints a picture of police officers so bamboozled by these “unprecedented legal tactics” that one might imagine them tearing through law books in search of a clue. It’s as if the PAD strutted into the station, exuding an air of untouchability, leaving law enforcement in a state of desperate floundering. This narrative, dripping with adulation, presents the PAD as not just above the law, but as rewriting the rulebook on the fly.

Imagine, if you will, a world where every Tom, Dick, and Harry facing charges decides to pull a PAD. “Acknowledge the charges? Oh, I don’t think so.” And there you have the police, supposedly confounded, begging for a moment to thumb through their legal texts, as if this were some sort of high-stakes game of Dungeons and Dragons and they’d forgotten how to cast their spells.

It’s a circus, and The Nation’s portrayal is the spotlight on the ringmaster, guiding the audience’s gaze with unabashed bias. In their world, the PAD’s defiance is not just legal strategy; it’s the height of cunning, a masterstroke that leaves the authorities not just outmaneuvered but practically groveling for guidance from their own regulations.

Truly, we live in an age of wonders, where political stunts are conflated with savvy legal maneuvering, and the rule of law becomes a mere inconvenience to be sidestepped with a flourish. Welcome to the festival of the bizarre, where the PAD leads the parade, and the police are relegated to bewildered spectators, desperately consulting their program to figure out what act comes next.