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Thai ex-PM likely to face more murder charges over 2010 crackdown


16:56, May 30, 2013

BANGKOK, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is likely to face another murder charge after court has ruled that an Italian journalist died from authority's bullets during 2010 political violence.

In the latest ruling of the Criminal Court over deaths during the 2010 demonstration in Bangkok, the court ruled on Wednesday that Italian journalist Fabio Polenghi was killed by a bullet fired by the security forces.

The court concluded that the authorities were responsible for the Italian journalist's death, although the person who fired the gun could not be identified.

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is likely to add additional charges against Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban as the two were already charged in other murder cases in his capacity as prime minister while Suthep was then deputy prime minister and director of the now-dissolved Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), Wannapong Kotcharag, DSI deputy director general said on Thursday.

The CRES ordered the crackdown on anti-establishment "red-shirt " protesters, during the April-May 2010 demonstration, resulting in 92 people died.

From March to May 2010, several thousands Red Shirts gathered in Bangkok and called for the Abhisit administration to resolve the parliament. After the red shirts had seized the heart of Bangkok's business zone more than a month, the military, under supervision of the CRES, cracked down on protesters, resulting in 92 people died and more than 2,000 people injured.

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