We are sure that many readers will have already seen the story at The Nation that reports on the Criminal Court’s decision “that a taxi driver was shot dead by troops deployed to tighten security around Rajprasong Intesection in May 2010.”
Phan Khamkong was shot dead on 16 May 2010. He was shot “by .223 bullet, which was a type of ammunition used by Army troops. The court ruled that he was killed as a result of the security keeping operations ordered by the Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situation.”
This was the first of 19 cases “sent to the court by public prosecutors.”
The significance of the case continues for:
The Department of Special Investigation have yet to prove whether troops in the area shot at Phan on their own or were simply carrying out an unlawful order. If carrying out an order, they would not be held responsible. Legal action would be taken against those who gave the order.
That is where Abhisit Vejjajiva, Suthep Thaugsuban and others associated with CRES will get worried and are likely to agitate against the investigations.
Update: The last point regarding Abhisit and Suthep is made in the Bangkok Post’s report on the trial in its lead into the story:
It is possible that former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban could be charged with murder in connection with the crackdown on red-shirt protesters in April-and May 2010 as a consequence of today’s ruling y the Criminal Court, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengit said on Monday.
Tharit added that “whether legal action would be taken against anyone and on what charges was still to be decided by the committee investigating the deaths of 91 people during the violence…”.
Red shirts hope that this committee can lead to justice. Yellow shirts argue that the cases are a Thaksin Shinawatra plot to have Abhisit and others face charges so that they will be more interested in a general amnesty that will, not coincidentally, benefit Thaksin.