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Surapong wrong to ask for ICC involvement: Prasarn

Senator Prasarn Marukpitak on Monday criticised caretaker Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul's bid to engage an international court to pass judgement on the 2010 bloody crackdown.

Prasarn said that the crackdown ordered by Abhisit Vejjajiva government does not meet the criteria for cases handled by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He and other senators travelled to the Hague in April last year and met ICC's President Song Sang Hyun. Song was asked about the reports that red shirts leaders intended to submit a petition to the ICC against Abhisit government concerning the 2010 crackdown.

Prasarn quoted Song as saying that he had not yet received any petition concerning the issue. However, he said, if the petition came in, it would not fall under the jurisdiction of the ICC as his agency considers only cases involving genocide, crimes against humanity, war criminal and criminal invasion.

Moreover the allegations have already been considered in the Thai Court, Song said.


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