Elisabetta Polenghi, sister of killed Fabio, supports Thailand’s amnesty bill with condition

Soldiers of the Royal Thai Army take cover nex...

Soldiers of the Royal Thai Army take cover next to a Type-85 AFV near the Red Shirt barricade at Chulalongkorn Hospital. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Elisabetta Polenghi, twitter today, quote: “I agree on Thailand amnesty bill but must be clear that who is responsible of crimes against human rights have to face justice.” Elisabetta Polenghi is the sister of Fabio Polenghi,  an Italian photographer killed while covering the Thai military‘s crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok three years ago. Polenghi was shot as he tried to take pictures of the army’s assault on the Red Shirt encampment. A Thai court said earlier Fabio was shot by a high-velocity bullet like those issued to soldiers. The inquest said it was unknown who fired the bullet and stopped short of outright blaming the military. Rights groups have repeatedly called for Thailand’s government to hold the powerful army accountable for its part in the violence. A Bangkok South Criminal Court judge said that the inquest into the death of 48-year-old Fabio Polenghi showed the fatal shot “was fired from the direction of security forces” who were mobilized to quash the demonstration in central Bangkok. It was likely Polenghi was killed by a bullet from the .223 cartridge which was used with M-16 and HK33 rifles issued to soldiers on the ground that day, the inquest said. The findings were a stark reminder of a battle fought between the Red Shirt protesters and the government under then-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, which led to at least 91 deaths during the two months of demonstrations on the streets of Bangkok in 2010, and of a political divide that remains in the country. (Source: Twitter)


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