First day in court for Kim
Thursday, 16 June 2011
June in Thailand means it's rain season. But today was the first day with a little sunshine. A good sign…? Maybe, but not for those dressed in a suit and tie on their way to court.
Family and friends were allowed to meet Kim before the trial started, and is nice to be able to say that the guy looks in good shape. But HE was not wearing a suit and tie. Instead it was chains and handcuffs - feet chained together and hands chained to the foot chain, if you get the picture. It hurt to see that….
Kim has a translator who does Thai to English, so he understands what is being said. We must give the Thai Court some credit for that. And some friends of Kim and Cherry have most graciously helped us “fallangs” with translations. Thanks girls… we all owe you.
There will be four days of trial (this time). During the two first the prosecutor presents his case and witnesses, and the defence during the next two It's difficult to follow everything that is being said but it was clear the prosecutor hadn't done all the homework - or didn't think he had to. There were 3 witnesses, and the two first made some mistakes that were corrected after the defence's cross examinations. But what surprises one is what the court seems to accept. The whole dossier from the DEA "has vanished". What would a different court have said?, The Thai judges didn't seem to bother very much, although this is an assumption and something one cannot say for sure. Maybe they disliked it, but just didn't say too much.
But there were no surprises or new evidence that could be seen as set-backs.
Sweden was (unwillingly) represented by a seemingly (very) junior member of staff, who arrived late and left early, never having made his presence known to the court. Poor show...! Some Swedish media were there though.... Better show..!
More to follow.....