Abhisit to sue DSI chief, three others over murder charges
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday said he would sue Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdith and three others next week for pressing murder charges against him and former deputy PM Suthep Thaugsuban, in relation to the military crackdown on red-shirt protesters in May 2010.
Abhisit claimed Tarit and investigators had tried to twist facts and intentionally keep the investigation under DSI authority, when the case should have been part of the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission's probe. Abhisit said the actions of Tarit and the three others were an abuse of authority and a violation of articles 157 and 200 of the criminal code. Abhisit warned of more lawsuits to follow if Tarit continued to act under political orders.
Abhisit also commented on the DSI's probe into Democrat Party procedure for collection of campaign funds for the Bangkok gubernatorial election, saying that he thought the decision to postpone laying charges against Democrat candidate Sukhumbhand Paribatra until after the election was appropriate and more realistic.
But he said the repeated summonsing of MPs for questioning by the DSI had interrupted the lawmakers' work, and said he would today ask the DSI to review its duties and working standards. He said he suspected these moves concealed a hidden political agenda against himself and Sukhumbhand. Abhisit said the 44 Democrat MPs concerned would ask Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as the Special Case Committee chair, to take the DSI off the case, as it should be a part of the Election Commission (EC)'s probe. Former senator Reungkrai Leekijwatana, who filed the donation-case charges, said he had submitted a letter asking Yingluck to let the DSI continue the probe, because the money donated should have been in the form of banknotes or cheques, rather than wired to the party.
He said the DSI should continue to investigate whether the law had been broken, in which case the EC could then proceed to dissolve the party. He said he was concerned that the EC would move as slowly as it did in its probe into the East Water Co's wired-money donation to the Democrat Party, so the case should be handled by the DSI.