#Phuket calm after riot

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Dozens of cars burnt out and Thalang police station damaged after mob protest over a hot pursuit that led to death of two young men.

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TENSION between police and local residents in Phuket province that escalated into a riot at a local police station yesterday appeared to ease, after an inquiry panel was formed to look into the death of two young men during a police hot pursuit on Saturday.

Police representatives met with families and relatives of Pathomwat Panarak, 22 and a 17-year-old teen, whose name was withheld, at a school yesterday with a military officer as a mediator. The meeting was held under a tense environment as supporters of the pair gathered around the venue occasionally booing and jeering.

The meeting was held after local residents, including families of both victims, rallied in front of Thalang police station, angry over the death of the pair. They claimed police used excessive action on the young victims – who allegedly refused to be searched and rode off on a motorbike near a police checkpoint – without solid evidence.

Dozens of vehicles parked before the police station were burnt and police buildings damaged during the clash that involved hundreds of residents and officials on Saturday night and early yesterday. Four police involved in the case were transferred out of the area at about midnight on Saturday.

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Suksri Kaentakian, mother of the teenage victim, said if her son was involved in drugs, her family would certainly be very rich. “Police involved in the death of my son should be sacked from the service and face legal action like ordinary people. I cannot accept that the incident came to the end after concerned police were transferred out of the area.”

Thaweesit Panarak, father of the 22-year-old, wept and said he had only one son. He admitted that his son used to use crystal meth or ‘Ice’ and was in jail. “I don’t think that my son would have had narcotics, as I believe he did not want to go back to jail again.”

However what the police had done was considered excessive. “It is not acceptable that my son and his friend had to end their lives this way. When police conducted the hunt, they had no evidence in hand that they had narcotics,” the father said.

Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada said after a committee would be set up to investigate the case and a fund set up to help the victims’ families.

At 3pm, protesters demanded that police discuss the case and bring the officers responsible for the pursuit to talk with them. However police did not heed their demand.

The situation escalated in the evening when the protesters threw sticks and stones into the station, then hurled Molotov cocktails that burnt vehicles at the station.

The protesters were angered by the police’s claim that they found 50 pills of amphetamine and one kilogram of kratom leaves in the young men’s bags.

The tension seemed to decrease at 3am after the intervention of Major General Theenachat Jinda-ngen, chief of Military Circle 41, came to stop the protest. After talks, they agreed to attend the meeting yesterday at Wat Bandon School. The protest dispersed at about 3.30am, ending a 12-hour stand-off.

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The Phuket governor said preliminary agreements were made at the meeting to set up an inquiry between police and local authorities to investigate the case, and set up a fund for the men’s families. “The case will be investigated without any bias and will bring justice to both sides,” he said.

Damage to the police station was yet to be calculated, but all windows in the three-storey police building were shattered, while the fence and signpost outside were wrecked and some 27 vehicles belonging to the authorities and private owners were burnt. Fourteen police officers suffered minor injuries.

The riot also forced the road outside the station to be closed, which affected transport to Phuket Airport. Officials at the airport said 35 people missed their flights and nine planes were delayed on Saturday night.

Police spokesman Lt General Prawut Thavornsiri said National Police Chief General Chakthip Chaijinda had ordered police to investigate the case in a straightforward manner to bring justice to everyone and ordered the officers responsible to get people to understand the situation, so tension was relieved.

“The next thing we’ll do is investigate the police who were responsible for the chase – and if they were really excessive [in their actions], they will be punished and aid given to the teenagers’ relatives,” he said.

He said police, doctors, local authorities and soldiers would conduct the autopsies, which would be done as soon as possible, so results could be known within seven days.

The prime minister expressed sympathy to the families of the deceased.

Source: The Nation

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Three women detained over possible link to #Bangkok Sathorn bomber

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A combined force yesterday searched a female-only apartment complex in Bangkok’s Din Daeng area and detained three women for questioning.

The operation was part of an investigation into the suspect behind the Sathorn pier bomb. The suspect, who wore a blue shirt, was caught on CCTV carrying a bag and leaving it on Taksin Bridge before kicking it into a canal on August 17. It exploded the following afternoon without causing any casualties.

In yesterday’s joint operation, luggage and a computer were seized and fingerprints and DNA evidence collected to check for links to the Erawan Shrine and Sathorn bombings.

An informed source said that two female students rented the room before the mother of one of the students arranged for a middle-aged woman to stay with them two months ago.

The source said that a police probe found that three men, who were believed to have fled the country, had left items at the apartment.

An initial search of the apartment did not uncover any bomb components or substances used in bombs, the source added.

Sriwara said the search stemmed from information that an individual involved in the bombings had left personal items at the apartment a few days ago.

The authorities wanted to get details on that individual and possibly come up with a sketch of the person after speaking with the three women, he said.

She arranged a taxi

“We cannot confirm if the person that left the items was among those wanted in this case. We can just say it wasn’t Wanna Suansan,” he said, in reference to the Thai woman wanted in connection with the case.

Another informed source said that initial inquiries found that the mother’s friend who resided at the apartment might be linked to the man in a blue shirt who carried the Sathorn Pier bomb. It is thought she may have arranged a taxi to get him to the pier.

She is also believed to be the person who collected personal items of another suspect in the case at an apartment located between Soi On Nut 44 and 46 police searched on Saturday night.

Source: The Nation

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The Hunt is on

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Police put the alleged bomb courier in a yellow T-shirt for re-enactment near the Erawan shrine, but the focus is on Interpol to find the mastermind.

Police seek blast mastermind
Interpol help sought in overseas bolt hole

Police are seeking help from Interpol to hunt the suspected Erawan shrine and Sathorn pier bombings mastermind who they believe has fled to Bangladesh.

Deputy national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda, who leads the investigation into the bombings, Wednesday said Abudureheman Abudusataer, known as Ishan, is believed to be the head of the network which caused the deadly bomb blast at the shrine on Aug 17, based on the accounts of the detained suspects.

Interpol will be asked to contact Bangladeshi authorities following reports that Ishan had fled to the country, he said.

An investigation is underway to look into money wired from overseas to determine whether it was used to sponsor the attack, he said.

Pol Gen Chakthip said he is confident police will be able to arrest the yellow-shirted man, who was seen in CCTV footage planting the bomb-laden backpack at the shrine, based on evidence he gathered.

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Meanwhile, a source said investigations found Mr Ishan had sent an audio clip via Facebook to other suspects containing the screaming voice of a woman whom he claimed was a Uighur and was being deported from Thailand to China.

He met four other key suspects in Thailand. They are Yusufu Mieraili; Bilal Mohammed, also known as Adem Karadag; a man wearing a blue shirt who dropped a bomb into the river at Sathon pier, and the man in a yellow shirt who is believed to be the Erawan shrine bomber.

There is still another suspect living overseas who sponsored the attack, the source said, adding the person booked air tickets en route to Turkey for the suspects. Money was wired to the bank accounts of some suspects, the source said.

Investigators said earlier Mr Mieraili said Mr Ishan had arranged meetings of the bombing cell and assigned them their tasks.

Police sources said the warrant for the arrest of Mr Ishan was issued on Tuesday but police later decided to rescind it as more investigation was needed to ensure stronger evidence.

National police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri said information about Mr Ishan has been shared with Interpol to help check his records.

According to the spokesman, the bomb used in the attack was unusual and seldom seen elsewhere.

However, some bomb-making materials, including fuses, can be acquired in Thailand.

The National Council for Peace and Order called on fertiliser and chemical substance shops to install CCTV.

Pol Lt Gen Prawut insisted more than 10 people were involved in the bombing network.

READ MORE: The BangkokPost 

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Thai woman sought for #Bangkok Bomb Attacks

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Police believe a Thai woman kept a second safe house for the bombers to assemble explosives from these and other materials – as interrogators slowly wring information from the arrested foreigner (inset) whose identity is still unknown. Clockwise from top left: Explosive detonators, pipes that could pack bombs, far too many (probably fake) Turkey passports, and thousands of 5mm ball bearings, the size used in the Ratchaprasong explosion – four reasons the unidentified bombing suspect (inset) was taken into custody on Saturday.

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Authorities are hunting for a Thai woman after materials believed to be used for bomb-making were seized from her room at an apartment in Min Buri district.

She was believed to know the perpetrators thought to be behind the Erawan shrine and Sathon pier bombings, according to police sources. The group was thought to be planning more attacks.

The woman is identified as “Misaloh”, and rented room No.9106 at Maimuna Garden Home, an apartment in Bangkok’s Min Buri district.

Interviewing the neighbourhood: Suspects ‘kept to themselves’
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On Saturday night, a combined police and military force searched the room and confiscated several items which can be used to make bombs.

Found in the room include urea-based fertiliser, six 12x7cm bottles of flash powder, black and blue electrical wiring, four wristwatches, a table clock, a pack of bolts, decorative tree lights, an empty box for a walkie-talkie, a radio-controlled toy vehicle and a rucksack containing books. Police seized the items for examination.

The search was based on information gleaned from the foreigner suspect detained on Saturday in a raid at the Pool Anant apartment in Nong Chok district, where authorities seized bulk supplies of materials for making bombs, sources said.

The suspect is now being detained at the 11th Army Circle in Bangkok.

Following the Saturday night search, a team of 40 police and military officers went back Sunday to Maimuna Garden Home and searched the entire apartment again.

A welding tool was found in one room and seized for examination.

Deputy national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda said police were deployed to five areas to track down more suspects. He declined to disclose the locations.

Police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said Sunday a network of foreign nationals is thought to be behind the Erawan shrine blast.

Pol Lt Gen Prawut said significant quantities of bomb-making materials including detonator cords and fuses seized from the suspect’s room during Saturday’s raid point to the possibility the suspect and his accomplices had several more targets in mind.

“There were large quantities of bomb-making materials including 10 detonator cords,” said Pol Lt Gen Prawut, also assistant police chief.

The evidence has been sent for forensic examination and the findings will confirm if they are linked to the Erawan shrine and Sathon pier explosions, he said.

The police spokesman said the detained suspect, who cannot speak Thai, has so far denied any involvement in the Erawan shrine bombing, he said, adding authorities cannot confirm his identity or nationality.

“He gave a certain amount of cooperation, saying where he travelled from. But we don’t believe everything he said. So far he has made no confession,” he said.

Investigators are not ruling out any motives at this stage and it is too early to conclude what role the suspect played in the attacks.

It is believed many other people, some of whom are likely to be Thai nationals, are involved, said Pol Lt Gen Prawut. He did not give a number.

One of the possible motives is the blasts were an act of personal revenge after police recently cracked down on foreign criminals including those running fake passport syndicates.

It is possible the suspect is involved in a syndicate that makes counterfeit passports for nationals who entered Thailand on the quiet and wanted to travel to a third country, he said. More than 200 fake passports were seized from the suspect’s room, which lends weight to this theory, he said.

Police investigators have confirmed the two attacks are linked based on the type of the explosive devices used.

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Geography of the attacks: According to current reports, the bombers and helpers rented rooms at two apartment houses in Min Buri and Nong Chok districts in Northeast Bangkok, and travelled to the two sites where they set their deadly explosives. (Map by Google Maps)

The Erawan shrine blast on Aug 17 killed 20 people and injured 130 more while the other bomb which exploded in the water near the Sathon pier the following day caused no injuries.

Pol Lt Gen Prawut said other pieces of evidence such as records of phone calls are also being examined. There are photos of possible accomplices in the suspect’s phone that police are trying to verify.

Police are also questioning the cab driver who drove the yellow-shirt suspected bomber to Hua Lamphong station after he was found to have been contacted by the phone numbers which are thought to belong to the suspects.

The cab driver might have hidden some information from police but so far he has not been charged or detained, he said. He said it cannot be confirmed if the arrested man is one of the two suspects facing arrest warrants.

Besides the yellow-shirt man, an arrest warrant was issued for a man seen dropping a plastic bag with an explosive device near Sathon pier on Aug 17.

“He is one of the network definitely. Give police some time. There are several leads to follow and jobs to be done,” he said.

A source in the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) said police and military officers are jointly questioning the arrested suspect and authorities are not ruling out any possibilities including human trafficking.

Source: BangkokPost

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#Bangkok, We deserve better than Thai police’s bumbling bombing investigation

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To reassure nervous tourists after Thailand’s worst terrorist attack in memory, Police Chief Somyot Poompanmoung went straight to the beating heart of Bangkok’s lucrative tourism industry and made an announcement.

“I suspect that he may have left,” he said about the main bombing suspect in a press conference at notorious Nana Plaza last Friday.

He then canvassed the redlight district assuring punters that they could continue their boozing and prostitution-mongering without fear of a deadly attack.

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At one point in the evening he was aptly photographed in front of a girlie bar named Suckers.

In their relentless drive to “return to normal” (i.e. keep the tourist bucks flowing) after the bombing, police may have overlooked and contaminated evidence. Human remains reportedly fell from a tree near the blast site two days after the explosion. A BBC reporter found shrapnel across the street from Erawan Shrine days after the attack, and when he tried to hand it over to police they said their headquarters was “closed.”

Yet Somyot has publicly blamed mainly his men’s lack of “modern equipment” for the fruitless investigation so far. “We have difficulties with technology and data,” he added.

Perhaps it’s not modern equipment that they need, so much as basic modern forensic training.

The Thai police have taken their eyes off the ball with a public show of force and horses called “Operation Lock Down the City, Raid the Bandits’ Nests,” which saw 142 arrests totally unrelated to the bombing. Typically, their messaging is totally un-coordinated, with conflicting statements given to media every step of the way… often by the same police officer. And predictably, they’ve butted heads with Bangkok City Hall after accusing them of failing to keep CCTV cameras operational.

It’s easy to joke about how bumbling the Thai police investigation has been, but for the families of those killed and injured this is no laughing matter.

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Thai Government moves to head off tourist fears

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Lack of equipment retards blast probe

The government is vowing to ratchet up patrols to provide security and is moving to assure foreigners that travel to Thailand is safe.

The regime is preparing to issue a statement to the international community today, even as police admit their probe into the Erawan shrine blast has been retarded by a lack of modern equipment.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has assigned authorities to release the statement, said government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

Bomb probe slows: Police chief blames inferior equipment.

According to the statement as read to the foreign media on Sunday by Maj Gen Sansern, “You will be safe during your stay in Thailand and you will also experience friendliness, smiles and kindness that we always provide.”

The blast at the Erawan shrine in the Ratchaprasong area last Monday killed 20 people and wounded 130. Fourteen of the dead and many of the wounded were foreigners.

Another bomb went off at the Sathon pier on the following day, but no one was harmed.

“The government wants to assure everyone the situation is under control,” the statement says.

“There will be reinforcement of both uniformed and plain clothes officers providing security in every spot to ensure optimum safety.”

The administration is also relaying a message to foreigners planning to visit Thailand, saying: “The government wants all of you have confidence that you will be safe during your stay in Thailand.”

The statement will be translated by the Foreign Ministry and distributed to Thai embassies overseas, said Maj Gen Sansern. It comes after 23 countries and territories last week issued advisories about travel to Thailand.

Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said she was concerned about tourism prospects for the rest of the year following the blast.

Tourism is seen as the only growth engine boosting the Thai economy at a time of slumping exports. Last year, it contributed 16% of the country’s GDP of 12 trillion baht.

Speaking on TV Sunday, National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) spokesman Col Winthai Suvaree said the Royal Thai Police Office reported the investigation was making “modest” progress.

He said the relatives of 14 foreigners and two Thais, killed in the shrine explosion, had received financial assistance from the Justice Ministry and the Tourism and Sports Ministry.

A total of 100 requests for financial assistance have been lodged and the government will speed up payments, Col Winthai said. Fifty-two people remained in hospital Sunday, he added.

DUTCH:

Bomaanslag Bangkok: Thaise overheid komt met verklaring om toeristen gerust te stellen

‘Toeristen zijn veilig in Thailand’, dat is in het kort de verklaring die de Thaise overheid heeft opgesteld om buitenlandse toeristen gerust te stellen.

De regering heeft een verklaring opgesteld, die vertaald zal worden en via de Thaise ambassades in het buitenland zal worden verspreid. daarin laat de regering weten dat de situatie onder controle is. Er komen meer politieagenten zowel in uniform als in burger die voor bewaking en veiligheid zullen zorgen (zie foto). De verklaring komt nadat 23 landen hun reisadviezen voor Thailand hadden aangescherpt.

De regering maakt zich zorgen om het toerisme die goed is voor 16 procent van Thailand’s bruto binnenlands product en als enige sector in de economie wel groeide. 

NCPO-woordvoerder Winthai laat weten dat de politie een bescheiden voortgang boekt in het onderzoek naar de daders van de twee aanslagen in Bangkok. De nabestaanden van 14 omgekomen buitenlanders en twee Thais hebben van de overheid een financiële tegemoetkoming ontvangen. In totaal zijn 100 verzoeken om financiële hulp gedaan. In het ziekenhuis liggen nog 52 slachtoffers.

Politiecommissaris Somyot zegt dat de politie de politie groep van verdachten kent. Hij wil niet zeggen of het buitenlanders of Thais zijn. De trage voortgang van het onderzoek is volgens hem de oorzaak van verouderde apparatuur. Hulp van andere landen bij het onderzoek wil hij niet.

Bron: Bangkok Post – http://goo.gl/Ertcqg

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Oud-politieman onder druk om te zwijgen, media geïntimideerd en wegkijkende politici. Je zal maar in zo’n land wonen!

Oud-politieman onder druk om te zwijgen, media geïntimideerd en wegkijkende politici. Je zal maar in zo’n land wonen!

20-03-2015

Deze week kwam een huiveringwekkend relaas naar buiten van een gepensioneerde Britse politieman (zie reportage BBC Newsnight, hieronder). Hij vertelde circa 35 jaar geleden op niet mis te verstane wijze te zijn gewaarschuwd z’n mond te houden nadat hij MP (parlementslid) Cyril Smith met twee jonge jongens had aangetroffen in het huis van een kindermisbruiker die bij de politie bekend was. Er werd gedreigd met de Official Secrets Act (wet Staatsgeheimen) als hij en zijn collega’s hun mond open zouden doen. Smith is inmiddels al vijf jaar dood, maar dat wil blijkbaar niet zeggen dat iedereen in Groot-Brittannië blij is dat de beerput nu eindelijk opengaat. Nog maar vier weken geleden kreeg de gepensioneerde politieman een anoniem telefoontje van een man die hem influisterde: “Mocht er onderzoek komen, houd je mond stijf dicht!”.

Op 15 april 2014 verscheen bij de rechtbank Arnhem de voormalig commandant van het observatieteam van de Centrale Recherche Informatiedienst CRI, Emile Broersma, als getuige in het voorlopig getuigenverhoor van Stichting De Roestige Spijker. Daags ervoor hadden oud-zedenrechercheur en CIE-agent Leen de Koter en oud-chef van de jeugd- en zedenpolitie Jaap Hoek al verklaringen afgelegd over het zgn. Rolodex-onderzoek naar een pedofielennetwerk in hogere kringen, waarin naast andere hoge omes van justitie ook de naam van Demmink naar voren bleek te zijn gekomen. Het onderzoek werd, net als in Groot-Brittannië indertijd, in de kiem gesmoord. Broersma wilde geen namen noemen omdat ook hij zich, net als zijn Britse collega, tot geheimhouding had verplicht. De rechter-commissaris dwong Broersma toch te getuigen en toen kwam het hoge woord er alsnog uit: Joris Demmink en de Officieren van Justitie Jan-Wolter Wabeke, Henk Wooldrik en Hans Holthuis waren alle vier verdachten van ‘betrokkenheid bij georganiseerd misbruik van kinderen’.

Wie denkt dat vervolgens alle verdachten onmiddellijk van hun bed werden gelicht om de onderste steen boven te krijgen, heeft zich zeker nooit in de Demmink-zaak verdiept. Nederlandse media verbazen zich om het hardst over hoe de Britten jarenlang hebben weggekeken bij deze misstanden in hoge parlementaire en justitiekringen. Maar waarom tonen ze geen interesse in de Nederlandse versie van precies eenzelfde beerput? Welke parallellen zijn er nog meer aan te wijzen?

Ook de media zijn geïntimideerd
De zuinige media-aandacht voor de Demmink-zaak in Nederland is opvallend. Elke publiciteit lijkt systematisch de kop te zijn ingedrukt. Gaykrant en Panorama werden door justitie met alle machtsmiddelen onder druk gezet om hun publicatie te herroepen. Minister Donner dreigde indertijd “alle media voor de rechter te slepen, die de topambtenaar nader identificeren”. Bij de NOS werden geplande reportages meermalen afgeblazen. En na de publicatie over de contacten van Demmink met een jongenspooier werden het AD en journalist Koen Voskuil ook weer gedreigd met schadeclaims en een gerechtelijke procedure. Die er ook kwam, zij het dit keer met het AD als glorieuze winnaar. De krant had puik journalistiek werk geleverd en alle beschuldigingen waren volstrekt geloofwaardig. Maar de meeste andere media doen er voor de veiligheid toch maar weer het zwijgen toe. En in Groot-Brittannië?

Daar verscheen in november 2014 een artikel in The Guardian over twee kranten die in de jaren 80 wilden schrijven over de ‘high profile’ misbruikschandalen die inmiddels alsnog aan het licht zijn gekomen. Zij zagen er toen van af nadat ze zgn. ‘D-notices’ ontvingen – waarschuwingen om informatie niét te publiceren omdat de nationale veiligheid in het geding was. De redactiechef van een van de kranten werd zelfs in zijn kantoor opgezocht en geïntimideerd door een 17 man sterke politiemacht. Een machtsspel dat verdacht veel lijkt op de intimidaties waarvan Justitie zich in Nederland ook heeft bediend om de media het zwijgen op te leggen. Gezien de omvang van de verdenkingen en de bescheiden berichtgeving lijkt dat ook aardig te zijn gelukt.

Parlementair stilzwijgen
In Engeland krijgen kranten als the Daily Mirror en the Sunday People vanuit de politiek eindelijk credits voor de onthulling van het schandaal: 35 jaar later, na 2 jaar diepgravend journalistiek onderzoek. Labour-parlementariërs Tom Watson en John Mann willen dat de zaak tot de bodem wordt uitgezocht. Dat kan alsnog een heleboel politiemensen, politici en topambtenaren de kop kosten, dus niet iedereen zit daar op te wachten. De politiek heeft al die jaren liever weggekeken. Pas na hun dood werden Cyril Smith (Sir Cyril sinds 1988) en Jimmy Savile (Sir Jimmy sinds 1990) ontmaskerd als ongelofelijke viezeriken. Niemand minder dan Margareth Thatcher was op de hoogte van de beschuldigingen tegen Smith maar kende hem toch een ‘knighthood’ toe. Twee jaar later viel ook Savile deze eer ten deel.

Welke Nederlandse parlementariërs hebben de moed om alsnog hun nek uit te steken? In de loop van de Demmink-zaak zijn er meermalen Kamervragen gesteld: door o.a. SP en VVD (Teeven!!) over de kwestie Baybasin en over de aanwezigheid van Demmink op seksfeesten in Turkije. In oktober 2012, direct na de schokkende onthullingen van het AD over de contacten van Demmink met een criminele jongenspooier in Den Haag, stelden VVD, PvdA, SP, CDA en 5OPlus kritische vragen aan minister Opstelten. De wijze van beantwoording (ontkenning) laat zich raden. Maar waarom hebben al deze fracties hun mond gehouden nadat de rechter eind 2014 onomwonden vaststelde dat de AD-publicatie alle grond leek te hebben en zorgvuldig tot stand is gekomen? Interessant detail: namens de VVD-fractie was het Kamerlid Ard van der Steur die uitleg vroeg over ‘weer nieuwe berichten rond de secretaris-generaal’. Van der Steur is nu net zelf tot minister van Veiligheid en Justitie benoemd, die dus zal de zaak nu ongetwijfeld als eerste oppakken.

De laatste jaren hebben vooral CDA-Kamerleden Pieter Omtzigt en Peter Oskam, SP’er Michiel van Nispen en recent eigenlijk alleen nog Louis Bontes van VNL hun mond opengetrokken. Die wacht nog op antwoord op zijn laatste vragen. Of het grappig is weten we nog niet, maar in de beschouwing van deze website over die laatste Kamervragen keken we al even vooruit naar de ideale opvolger van Opstelten: “Denk dus aan een scherpe jurist, een VVD’er natuurlijk, liefst met een Minerva-achtergrond en dan ook nog iemand die per direct beschikbaar is.” Met Van der Steur is dat de VVD in elk geval gelukt. Benieuwd of Van der Steur zich zijn eigen kritische vragen nog kan herinneren. Bij Fred Teeven was de kritische houding bij aanraking van het pluche namelijk op slag verdwenen.