Abhisit & Suthep, at the DSI, hear additional murder charge

Former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy security Suthep Thaugsuban on Tuesday morning reported to Department of Special Investigation (DSI) investigators to hear more murder  charges, stemming from the Abhisit’s crack-down on the Red Shirts in 2010. Mr Suthep was director of the then-Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) which commanded the military crackdown on anti-government protesters. Abhisit and Suthep maintain, the Emergency law invocation, protects them from all wrong-doing. Last year, the DSI charged Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep with authorising the killing of anti-government red-shirt protesters by soldiers during the April-May 2010 violence in Bangkok. The new charges came after the Criminal Court ruled in two cases, finding the death of 14-year-old Kunakorn “Nong Isa” Srisuwan premeditated murder, and the wounding of  van driver Samorn Maithong a case of attempted murder. The court ruled Mr Samorn was seriously wounded by military gunfire as he was driving a van into the army’s restricted zone near a military checkpoint at the Ratchaprarop Airport Rail Link station on the night of May 15, 2010. The court said young Kunakorn and the taxi driver, 44-year-old Phan Khamkong from Yasothon province, were hit by  bullets fired by troops attempting to stop Mr Samorn’s van (Source).

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