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2010 Political Violence

Former premier charged with murder

Photo : Kunlaphun Sirimamporn

Photo : Kunlaphun Sirimamporn

Photo : Kunlaphun Sirimamporn

Photo : Kunlaphun Sirimamporn

Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was charged with murder Thursday in connection with the 2010 deaths of two protesters during a crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Abhisit, who was charged with the deaths of Pun Kamkong, 43, of Yasothon province and Kunakorn Srisuwan, 14, denied all the charges in the brief court hearing. He was later released on bail.

Some 90 people were killed in the 2010 violence. Relatives of some of those killed were waiting for Abhisit as he and his lawyer left the courthouse after a brief hearing, shouting "Murderer!’’ They also submitted a petition to the court, asking that he be denied bail.

The court set bail at Bt1.8 million, which Abhisit met by putting up a house deed in Chon Buri province. The court also ordered him to remain in Thailand until his trial starts on March 24.

Suthep Thaugsuban, then deputy premier, was also expected to face charges Thursday, though he has asked that his hearing be postponed until January.

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