Is Thailand beginning to set a good example?

Thaksin Shinawatra is going on trial.  And it seems that judicial process might be getting institutional and popular backing.  That would be a very positive sign that Thailand is maturing into a sophisticated society and economy.

My experience with the judicial process a decade ago was not encouraging.  And I doubt we’ll see a conviction.  But the news that three of his lawyers were jailed last month by the Supreme Court for offering a cash bribe in a cake box is surprising.  Perhaps the Thai judiciary is becoming a counterweight to military, police and political corruption is encouraging.  Well done Thailand.  Other maturing nations, especially in Asia, should move in this direction.  Watch this space …


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