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Abhisit, Suthep may face murder charge
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:57:36 AM »
Abhisit, Suthep may face murder charge

It is possible that former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban could be charged with murder in connection with the crackdown on red-shirt protesters in April-and May 2010 as a consequence of today's ruling y the Criminal Court, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengit said on Monday.

The Criminal Court ruled on Monday that Phan Khamkong, a taxi driver from Yasothon, was shot and killed by on May 15, 2010 by troops acting on orders issued by the Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situations (CRES).

Mr Suthep was CRES director at the time.

The DSI chief said today's ruling would be a precedent for the courts to proceed with the 35 other cases of death arising from the 2010 riots.

He said it was possible for Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep to be charged with premeditated murder under Articles 288 and 289 of the Criminal Code because they were ultimately responsible for ordering the military to quell the riots.

The soldiers who honestly performed their duty were entitled to protection by Article 70 of the Criminal Code.

There were two possible options, he said.  One, they could be charged, but not prosecuted.  Two, they could be prosecuted, but excluded as witnesses.

However, whether legal action would be taken against anyone and on what charges was still to be decided by the committee investigating the deaths of 91 people during the violence, Mr Tarit said.

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Re: Abhisit, Suthep may face murder charge
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2012, 11:00:41 AM »
Abhisit rebukes DSI chief

Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva says the Department of Special Investigation has gone too far by implying a taxi driver caught up in the 2010 political violence was murdered.

The Criminal Court found on Monday that Yasothon native Phan Khamkong, 44, was killed by security forces near the Ratchaprarop Airport Link station during the red-shirt riots.

They fired at a suspicious van which had entered a military controlled zone on the night of May 14, 2010.

Responding to the decision, DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said former prime minister Abhisit and Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) director Suthep Thaugsuban could face charges of premeditated murder as a result of the killing.

Mr Abhisit said Mr Tarit had probably forgotten the fact that the DSI chief was also a member of the CRES at the time. If the CRES is prosecuted in relation to the taxi driver's death, the DSI chief could be regarded as a suspect as well.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said the DSI would be asked to further investigate Phan's death in the aftermath of the court's ruling.

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Re: Abhisit, Suthep may face murder charge
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2012, 11:26:55 AM »
According to Thai TV news, he's due to surrender himself to the police today.

 



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