More charges for Abhisit and Suthep?

18 12 2012

Many commentators have claimed that the murder charges against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and former deputy premier Suthep Thaugsuban, both of the Democrat Party, are meant to”encourage” them to make some kind of deal with Thaksin Shinawatra. If that claim is accurate, then the pressure is likely to mount to very high levels.

The Bangkok Post reports that the Department of Special Investigation is now “pondering also bringing attempted murder and bodily assault charges…” in 700 cases where people were “seriously hurt” in the events of April and May 2010. Apparently the “DSI was considering filing attempted murder charges against the two…” along with “assault charges for hurting the others.”

This report follow from a third verdict on the deaths of protesters in 2010. The Bangkok Post reports that the “South Bangkok Criminal Court said taxi driver Chartchai Chalao, 25, was hit by a bullet fired from a line of security forces on Rama IV Road.” Again, it was unclear exactly who killed him on 13 May 2010, with a single round to the head, but the court ruled the shot was from a military-issue rifle and had witness testimony that supported the finding.

DSI chief Tharit Pengdit said “his agency and prosecutors could take further action now the Chartchai verdict has been rendered.”


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19 12 2012
Wat Pathum Wanaram inquest « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Prachatai report of witness testimony is vivid and disturbing and suggests that, along with other testimony in other inquests, that as Achara Ashayagachat of the Bangkok Post observed, it is […]

19 12 2012
Wat Pathum Wanaram inquest « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] into the temple and at medics, red shirts and journalists. The report suggests that, along with other testimony in other inquests, that as Achara Ashayagachat of the Bangkok Post observed, it is “undeniable […]




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