Abhisit and Suthep face another murder charge from Wat Prathum case


BANGKOK, 23 March 2014  The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has closed the case of the shooting of six people at Wat Prathum Wanaram temple. A murder charge has been pressed against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban.

DSI Director-General Tharit Pengdit said the murder charge against Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep was the result of the court’s ruling that the six people at Wat Prathum were shot dead by authorities on 19 May 2010 when the then government dispersed the “red-shirt” protesters.

The former PM and Mr Suthep, who is now leader of the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee, previously faced many charges lodged against them by the DSI. All of the charges involve the violent crack-down on the red-shirt protesters in 2010.