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Thai PM could face murder charges over protest deaths: Lawyer

Published on Mar 4, 2014 6:11 PM
 
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra leaves the Royal Thai Air Force Headquarters after a defense meeting in Bangkok March 4, 2014. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra could face murder charges after relatives of two anti-government protesters who died following clashes with police filed a complaint with a criminal court, a lawyer said Tuesday, March 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra could face murder charges after relatives of two anti-government protesters who died following clashes with police filed a complaint with a criminal court, a lawyer said Tuesday.

The protesters were among six people - including two policemen - who died after an outbreak of violence on Feb 18, which saw barrages of gunfire and at least one grenade thrown at police in Bangkok's historic heart as officers tried to clear a protest site near Government House.

Under Thai law, the court will now have to decide whether the complaints are strong enough to warrant trial, lawyer Chaiwat Sittisuksakul told AFP.

The broad daylight bloodshed, near the city's backpacker zone, was the deadliest episode in four months of protests aimed at ousting Ms Yingluck and her government.

 
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