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Murder charges dismissed against former Thai PM Abhisit and former deputy Suthep

Published on Aug 28, 2014 11:38 AM
A Thai court on Thursday dismissed charges of murder and abuse of power against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (above) and his then deputy Suthep Thaugsuban over a deadly crackdown on opposition protests in 2010. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Thailand’s criminal court on Thursday dismissed murder charges against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban.

The charges were related to a military crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok four years ago, where more than 90 people died and scores of others injured. Both men were helming the Democrat-led government then.

The charges were brought against them after court rulings that some protesters were killed and injured by soldiers trying to disperse them under the orders of the government.

The criminal court, in dismissing the cases on Thursday, said it did not have jurisdiction over the cases as they were both political office holders then. It said that the cases came under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions.

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