Court seeks opinion of NACC in red-shirt crackdown cases against Abhisit
March 24, 2014 00:00
By The Nation
The Criminal Court on Monday asked the National Anti-Corruption Commission to submit its opinion in its probes against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva related to 2010 crackdowns on red shirts.
The court scheduled June 20 for hearing the NACC’s opinions in the cases against Abhisit before proceeding with the murder charges against the former prime minister related to the crackdowns.
Also on Monday, Abhisit pleaded innocent to the charges after the court read and explained the lawsuit against him at the Criminal Court.
Abhisit and Suthep Thaugsuban, former deputy prime minister and director of Centre for Resolutions of Emergency Situation, have Been accused of causing others to commit murder and attempted murder by ordering the CRES to crack down on red-shirt protesters in April and May 2010.
The suit said the crackdowns led to the deaths of Phan Khamkong, 43, and Kunakorn Srisuwan, 14, and the injuries to Samorn Maithong, a van driver.
The court said it wanted to learn opinions of the NACC regarding the allegations that the prime minister unlawfully issued orders for the crackdowns before it determined the scope for presenting witnesses during the trial.
Banthit Siriphan, Abhisit’s lawyer, said the defendant was fighting the charges and that the Department of Special Investigation had no right to make the case as the probe into Abhisit’s action fell under the authority of the NACC.
Banthit said if the NACC finds that Abhisit’s has committed no wrongdoing, its decision will be used to defend Abhisit in court.
The court has allowed Samorn and Noochid Khamkong, Phan’s wife, to be co-plaintiffs in the case.
Chokechai Angkaew, a lawyer of relatives of the slain and injured red shirts, said public prosecutors also filed suit against Abhisit over the deaths of six persons inside the Pathumwanaram Temple. The court scheduled June 2 for considering whether to proceed with the case.
Public prosecutors have asked the court to merge the six deaths with the case of murders of Phan, Kunakorn and the attempted murder of Samorn.