The Criminal Court concluded yesterday that a red-shirt protester was indeed killed by bullets coming from the troops on May 15, 2010.
The inquest concluded that Charnnarong Polsriwala, a member of the Democratic Alliance against Dictatorship (DAAD), had been killed in shooting by troops who were carrying out an operation under the order of the Centre for Resolution of the Emergency Situation.
Charnnarong was shot near a petrol station on Rangnam Road. He was hit in the stomach by a hail of 0.223 bullets, which tore through his intestines. According to investigators, 0.223 bullets are normally used in M16, Travo or HK33 assault rifles.
The court said that though investigators were unable to establish which gun the bullets had been fired from, witnesses said the shooting came from the side of the troops.
However, the inquest has been unable to pinpoint what agency the troops came from.
Charnnarong’s wife, Suriyan Polsrila, said the conclusion did not take her by surprise. She said she was also consulting lawyers about filing a lawsuit against the previous government for compensation.
This is the second case in which the Criminal Court has concluded that the death had been caused by government troops.
On September 17, the Criminal Court concluded that troops had fatally shot a taxi driver on Rajprarop Road during the red-shirt protest in 2010.
The Criminal Court said Phan Kamkong, 43, was caught in a volley of gunfire when he ran out of an apartment block to see what was happening after hearing soldiers open fire at a van that had strayed into an area under Army control. After being shot, he collapsed outside the IDO condominium near the Airport Rail Link’s Rajprarop Station.