Abhisit, Suthep face more murder charges over 2010 strife

national May 06, 2013 00:00

By Opas Boonlom
The Nation

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Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and his party MP Suthep Thaugsuban are likely to face additional murder and attempted murder charges in connection with deaths and injuries sustained by red-shirt protesters during the political unrest in April and

On May 14, the Department of Special Investigation will summon the former PM Abhisit and his then-deputy Suthep, who was in charge of the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Resolution (CRES), to acknowledge charges of authorising the “murder” of Kunakorn Srisuwan, then 14 years old, and the “attempted murder” of Samorn Maithong, a van driver who was wounded.

Both Abhisit and Suthep are likely to face similar scenarios as prosecutors have filed 18 cases with the court related to 91 deaths during the political chaos three years ago. A conviction for authorising killing of others is punishable by death.
Abhisit and Suthep were summoned on December 13 last year to hear charges of authorising the killing of Pan Kamkong, a taxi driver who was a member of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship. Both denied guilt.
Military bullet ruling 
The Criminal Court on Sept 17 ruled that Pan was shot dead by a military bullet while security officers did crowd control work at the order of Abhisit near Ratchaprarop station on May 15, 2010.
The court said security officers sprayed bullets at a van driven by Samorn, which was parked outside a condominium. 
A stray bullet hit Pan when he ran out of the condominium to see what was happening.
The Criminal Court on December 20 ruled that Kunakorn was shot dead by an M16 bullet as a result of security officials conducted a crowd-control operation at the order of the CRES.
Kunakorn’s body was found near the body of Pan. Samorn was seriously hurt during the military operation.
DSI wrapped the investigation into the deaths of Pan, Kunakorn and injured Samorn into one case.
The Criminal Court has ruled that four people were killed by military bullets – Pan, Channarong Polsrila, Chatchai Chalao and Kunakorn. The court ruled that two more people were killed by an unknown group of people. Bunmee Rermsuk, who joined the red-shirt rally, was shot dead in Bon Kai, while Mana Are-charan, was shot dead while working at Dusit Zoo.
Recent rulings
Sept 17, 2012: Cabdriver Pan Kamkong was shot by a military bullet. 
     Nov 26: Taxi driver Channarong Polsrila was shot by a military bullet.
Dec 19: Chatchai Chalao was shot by a military bullet.
Jan 16, 2013: Bunmee Rermsuk shot dead by an unknown attacker.
Feb 21: Mana Are-charan, an employee, was shot dead at Dusit Zoo by an unknown assailant.
March 27: Thanuthat Assawasiri-mankong died from an illness, not from being shot by security officials.
April 30: Narongrit Sala, a soldier, was shot dead by a military bullet fired from officials carrying out their duty.