Court accepts Phan Fah victims cases for trial

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BANGKOK, Feb 25 – The Criminal Court has accepted for trial lawsuits by families of two protesters who were shot dead during the police crackdown at Phan Fah Bridge, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, last Tuesday.

Jongjit Sae-Dan and Umaporn Angthong filed the lawsuits against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and director of the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order Chalerm Yubamrung.

Other defendants included National Police chief Adul Saengsingkaew, Department of Special Investigation director general Tarit Pengdith, commissioner of Provincial Police Region 2 Kawi Supanand and Chon Buri Provincial Police chief Katcha Tatsart.

They were charged with premeditated murder during their operation to retake Phan Fah rally site by using weapons, explosives and bullets without abiding by international standards in controlling crowds,

Mrs Jongjit and Miss Umaporn said they filed their lawsuits directly with the court without going through the police, whom they said they did not trust.

Their lawyer said the names of those killed and injured in the Phan Fah violence would be compiled for further lawsuits with the Criminal Court.