Relatives of the two anti-government protesters slain in the clashes at Phan Fah Lilat Bridge nearly a month ago yesterday filed a criminal lawsuit against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and five others for premeditated murder.
Thanusak Rattanakot and Supoj Boonrung died from gunshot wounds during the clashes between police and an unidentified armed group in the area on February 18, which left six people dead including both protesters and police.
Chaiwat Sitthisuksakul, a lawyer representing relatives of the two deceased, filed a lawsuit with the Criminal Court against Yingluck and five others including caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung in his capacity as director of the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order.
The lawsuit charges them with premeditated murder for ordering police to disperse the protesters.
The lawyer said relatives of the other two protesters killed in the clash had filed a criminal lawsuit against the caretaker prime minister and others on similar charges. Yingluck could face more lawsuits from those injured or otherwise affected by the dispersal.