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No need to reinvestigate 2010 crackdown-related cases: Prawit


There is no need to reinvestigate cases related to the 2010 crackdown against red-shirt protestors, which resulted in 99 people being killed, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan said on Tuesday.

“The final verdict [by the Supreme Court] doesn’t affect the security forces. Everything has been proceeded with by law,” he said. “Why do they have to start it all again? Officers have worked themselves nearly to death on that.”
The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) has started a campaign seeking one million signatures against the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), calling for the agency to review its investigation against former PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy Suthep Thaugsuban, who were in overall charge of the security situation during the 2010 protests.
The NACC became the UDD’s target after the Supreme Court last Thursday acquitted Abhisit and Suthep on charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with an operation by security forces to disperse anti-government demonstrators in 2010. 
The court’s ruling pointed out that the NACC, which had turned down the case in 2015, should have been in charge of filing an indictment, not the Department of Special Investigation.
The 2010 crackdown caused 99 deaths and left at least 2,100 people injured.

Published : September 05, 2017

By : Wasamon Audjarint The Nation