2010 political protest fatalities case goes to Attorney General this month

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BANGKOK, June 6 – Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will wrap up the case on fatal shootings in the 2010 political upheaval in Bangkok to the Attorney General this month, a senior official said.

DSI director general Tarit Pengdith said he has received a written statement on the case from former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Mr Abhisit and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban were charged by the DSI with premeditated murder and attempted murder, resulting in the deaths of a man and a boy, identified as Pan Kamkong and Kunakorn Srisuwan, and injury of another civilian, Samorn Maithong.

Mr Suthep was then deputy prime minister and director of the now-dissolved Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation.

The DSI has sent autopsy reports of three persons, believed killed by state authorities, to the Metropolitan Police Command in addition to 36 cases delivered to police earlier, Mr Tarit said.

Metropolitan police submitted information to the DSI on 31 suspects in the CentralWorld shopping complex burning at Rajprasong intersection – the main venue of the months-long demonstration against the Abhisit government in 2010.

Photos were included which clearly showed the faces of six of the  31 suspects, the DSI chief said, adding that his department will seek court orders to arrest them soon.