WSJ: Thai Authorities Could Face “Embarrassment” of War Crimes

From the Wall Street Journal:

Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is launching a charm offensive in an effort to win over the political middle ground after the worst political violence in modern Thai history, saying he is more interested in securing peace than holding onto power.

But the aftermath of May’s bloody street battles and a deepening feud with ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra show that Mr. Abhisit has a long way to go.

Early Monday, Mr. Thaksin’s legal team said it had hired a Dutch war-crimes specialist to investigate whether it can prosecute Mr. Abhisit’s government overseas for alleged human-rights abuses during the Thai army’s May 19 crackdown on opposition protesters. Though it’s unclear whether such a case would be accepted, if it were, it could embarrass Thai authorities.