DSI urged to finish autopsy reports in 60 days: Thai deputy PM

19:15, August 25, 2010      

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The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) was asked to present its detailed reports on the autopsies of the 91 people who died during the violent protests of the red-shirts within 60 days, deputy PM said on Wednesday.

Suthep Thuugsuban, deputy prime minister and director of the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), said that the instruction was given to DSI during the meeting with CRES after DSI had been criticized for giving out uncompleted investigations during a press conference on Aug. 26, Post Today reported.

Suthep asked DSI to include in its findings the details of where, when, by who and in which circumstances that each of those 91 people was killed.

In response to a comment made by a senator that the investigation should be carried out by Royal Thai Police, the deputy PM said that because the case involves with terrorism, DSI should take charge even though the agency is understaffed.

The pro-Thaksin "red-shirt" movement or the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) staged a 3-month rally at Bangkok's central business district from March to May this year, demanding for dissolution of the Parliament and snap general election. In the government's bloody crackdown, 91 people were dead and more than 1,800 were reportedly injured.

The UDD rally was backed by the fugitive ex-premier Thaksin, who was ousted by coup dtat in 2006. He had been sentenced to two years in jail for massive corruption before fleeing to live in self-exile.



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