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Ex-Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva 'to face murder charge': Officials

Published on Dec 6, 2012 3:34 PM
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Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva talks with reporters at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) in Bangkok on Aug 27, 2012. Abhisit Vejjajiva is to face a charge of murder over the death of a taxi driver who was shot by soldiers during 2010 "Red Shirt" rallies, authorities said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is to face a charge of murder over the death of a taxi driver who was shot by soldiers during 2010 "Red Shirt" rallies, authorities said on Thursday.

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI), police and Thai prosecutors announced the decision, which marks the first charges for deaths during the mass rallies in Bangkok against Mr Abhisit's government.

"The tripartite meeting has decided to charge former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban under article 288," said DSI chief Tarit Pengdith, referring to the murder provision under Thailand's criminal code.

He said the group based their decision on further witness testimony as well as a court ruling that taxi driver Phan Kamkong was shot and killed by Thai soldiers during the country's worst political violence in decades.

 
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