Thai inquiry panel on political violence to start interrogation on June 14

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An independent-inquiry committee into violence and death during the anti-government rallies from March 12 to May 19 will start interrogation on June 14, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported on Friday.

Khanit na Nakhon, chairman of the inquiry panel disclosed Friday he plans to visit Veera Musikhapong, chairman of the anti- government United Front for Democracy (UDD) group.

Veera and other core UDD leaders have been held in the Naresuan Police Border Patrol Camp at resort town Cha-Am in central Phetchaburi province on charges of violating the emergency decree in connection with the UDD rallies.

Khanit, who is a former attorney-general, has hoped to get useful advice and cooperation from Veera.

On June 8, Thailand's weekly cabinet meeting resolved to appoint Kanit as the chairman of the fact-finding committee to probe the recent political violence.

It would take him about 15 days to look for 19 other people, who are acceptable to all sides to join his committee, the Bangkok Post 's website reported. The names' list will be submitted to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva for approval.

"I know the assignment is very tough and I will have to carry out my work amid conflict and political differences. Information to be obtained from people involved in the political unrest is certain to be complicated," Khanit said.

Khanit said he would strictly adhere to law and the country's interests.

The death toll from a series of violent clashes between the "red-shirt" UDD protesters and troops from March 12 to May 19 stood at 88 as some 1,885 others were wounded.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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