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Ex-Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva grilled over protest crackdown

Published on Aug 27, 2012 7:24 PM
Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva talks with reporters at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) in Bangkok on Aug 27, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Monday faced fresh questioning by investigators over a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition protests in Bangkok in 2010.

Mr Abhisit, now opposition leader, was summoned to the Justice Ministry's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) along with his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban for several hours of questioning about the events, which left about 90 people dead and many wounded in clashes between demonstrators and armed troops.

"I told the truth and DSI investigators don't have any further questions," Mr Abhisit told reporters afterwards. Observers believe the pair - who were first questioned by the police as witnesses in December 2011 - could face eventual prosecution.

More than 90 people, mostly civilians, were killed and nearly 1,900 were wounded during the April and May 2010 rallies, which drew about 100,000 "Red Shirt" demonstrators at their peak.

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