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Chalerm tries to frame Democrats: Suthep

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung has a hidden agenda to force the Democrats to quit opposing the reconciliation bill, Democrat MP Suthep Thaugsuban said on Friday.



Suthep alleged that Chalerm had recently targetted him and Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva for the special investigation in connection with the 2010 political strife.

The recent publicity about the Department of Special Investigation to uncover the political overseers who gave the order to kill the red shirts was a ploy to push for reconciliation, seen as a whitewash of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, he said.

"I believe Chalerm has been pressuring the DSI to frame me," he said.

He said he had nothing to fear for because neither Chalerm nor the DSI could act beyond the mandate given to them under the judicial process.

He said Chalerm tried to mislead the public into believing that there was fresh evidence to prosecute him and Abhisit.

Chalerm claimed snipers were deployed to shoot at the people but the fact is there was no such deployment, he said.

What Chalerm was trying to achieve was to attribute the deaths as killed by soldiers in order to prosecute the political overseers of the emergency situation, he said.

He said he would not allow the government to rewrite history involving the red shirts.

"I will not bow to pressure by using the litigation to force my concession on reconciliation," he said.

He said under the rule of law, he found it unacceptable to help a convict like Thakin to evade punishment.




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