Troubled Times for Abhisit Vejjajiva

In early May, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) filed two more charges related to the vicious army crackdown of Red Shirt demonstrators which resulted in almost 100 people dead. The charges are against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban.

Abhisit and Suthep, then director of the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), were summoned to hear the charges at the DSI’s head office. Tarit Pengdit, director general of the DSI, said the two were charged with conspiring with others to have murder committed with expected results in connection with the killing of a boy, Kunakorn Srisuwan.

Kunakorn was only 14 years old.

Army crushing the barricade of the Red Shirt demonstrators

Army crushing the barricade of the Red Shirt demonstrators

 

The other charge was conspiring with others to attempt to have murder committed with expected results in connection with the attack on Samorn Maithong that left him seriously wounded.

An Italian photographer, 48-year-old Fabio Polenghi, was killed while covering the Thai military’s crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok three years ago was shot by a high-velocity bullet like those issued to soldiers, a judge said today. The inquest said it was unknown who fired the bullet and stopped short of outright blaming the military.

Polenghi’s lawyer Karom Polpornklang said Wednesday the inquest will be used in a future court case against Abhisit and Suthep, who controlled a joint government-military center that ran the operation ending the protests.

“It has to be proven that the orders for the security forces to move in … came from Mr. Suthep and Mr. Abhisit. They cannot deny their responsibility and cannot be dismissed in this case,” Karom told reporters.

“Or else an incident like this will happen again.”

 

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