Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has closed the case of the shooting of six people at Wat Prathum Wanaram temple. A murder charge has been pressed against ex-Prime Minister Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban.
DSI Director-General Mr. Tharit Pengdit said the murder charge against Mr. Abhisit and Mr. Suthep was the result of the court’s ruling that the six people at Wat Prathum were shot dead by authorities on 19 May 2010 when the then unelected Government dispersed the “Red Shirt” demonstrators.
The former PM and Mr Suthep, who is now leader of the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), previously faced many charges lodged against them by the DSI. All of the charges involve the violent crack-down on the Red Shirt demonstors in 2010.
Critics have commended Mr. Abhisit for previously appearing for the charges but have condemned Mr. Suthep’s avoidance in facing due process of the law. Mr. Suthep, a fugitive of the law, has been active in PDRC mob riots in Bangkok and is currently trying to derail democracy by staging frequent rallies. His “guards” have attacked and intimidated the public and foreign embassies located throughout the capital city.