Attorney General slaps Abhisit with criminal charges on crack-down deaths

Former PM Abhisit Vejjajeeva visited the Attorney General office to acknowledge the criminal charges brought against him for his role as then-Prime Minister in the 2010 military operation which ended Redshirts mass protests in central Bangkok and led to more than 90 fatalities. The Division of Special Investigation (DSI) charged Mr. Abhisit and his deputy at the time, Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban, on the ground of conspiring to cause other individuals to commit murders. Mr. Abhisit and Mr. Suthep chaired the Center for Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES) in April-May 2010 which oversaw the crackdown of the Redshirts protesters who occupied parts of Bangkok to call for fresh election. CRES authorized use of live ammunition in many of these operations, which concluded on 19 May 2010. The duo were also charged specifically on the cases of 2 individuals – one of them is a 13 year old boy – whom the court said were shot to death by the soldiers at Ratchapralop Road in May 2010. The DSI argued Mr. Abhisit and Mr. Suthep should be held responsible for their deaths as the soldiers were operating under orders of CRES. Speaking to reporters at the Attorney General office, which situated in the compound of Ratchapisek Criminal Court compound, Mr. Suthep said he and Mr. Abhisit are ready to fight the legal procedure. He claimed that DSI has no legitimacy to pursue their charges, and added that he already filed challenge legal against the DSI. (Source)

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