The Army responsible for journalist’s death

29 05 2013

Fabio Polenghi, an Italian photo-journalist, was shot and killed during the Abhisit Vejjajiva government’s crackdown on red shirt protesters on 19 May 2010.

An inquest has been in train for some time. Now Reuters reports that he was killed “by a bullet fired by a soldier…”.

From Fabio Polenghi's funeral in Bangkok on 24 May 2010

From Fabio Polenghi’s funeral in Bangkok on 24 May 2010

Karom Ponthaklang, a lawyer for the journalist’s family, is reported to have told reporters: “The court ruled that orders given by Prime Minister Abhisit and Deputy Prime Minister Suthep that day led to Fabio’s death…”.

The lawyer urged that the Department of Special Investigations “press charges against Abhisit Vejjajiva and [his then deputy] Suthep Thaugsuban.”

Fabio’s sister, Elisabetta added that those held responsible for his death should be “at least the person leading the operation on the ground.”

Like many others, PPT believes that those responsible must be held accountable and that responsibility rests with the civilians and military brass who ordered the crackdown using military weapons,declared live fire zones and authorized the use of live ammunition.