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Abhisit slams 'political' protest murder charge

Published on Dec 7, 2012 4:51 PM
This file picture taken on Dec 9, 2011 shows former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva arriving for questioning at the Bangkok Metropolitan Police headquarters. Thai legal and security authorities say Mr Abhisit let soldiers use live ammunition on protesters. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Former Thai premier Abhisit Vejjajiva on Friday said the decision to charge him with murder over 2010 "Red Shirt" rallies was "political", insisting military action against protestors was to restore order.

Mr Vejjajiva, who oversaw the response to the mass demonstration in Bangkok against his government, is set to appear at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) next week for questioning over the death of a taxi driver shot by soldiers during the unrest.

But the Oxford-educated career politician told reporters that he rejected the credibility of the charge, which was announced by the DSI on Thursday.

"This case has a hidden political agenda," said Abhisit, who was swept into opposition last year by Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of ousted former premier Thaksin, and her Red Shirt-backed Puea Thai party.

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