DSI Chief affirms fair treatment for Abhisit and Suthep


BANGKOK, 30 January 2013  Director-General of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Tharit Pengdit has insisted he has no intention to victimize former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thuagsuban in the 2010 political rally case. 

Mr Tharit shrugged off the criminal lawsuit filed by Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep against him, adding that a countersuit for false accusation would be unlikely. The two people alleged that the DSI chief investigated the case with an intention to force criminal punishment on them. As a response, Mr Tharit said the attempted murder charge that the DSI had filed against the ex-PM and his deputy was a result of the Criminal Court’s ruling on the case.

The Criminal Court previously ruled that Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep, as the highest authorities at the moment, had ordered 50,000 military officers to use weapons against the protesters.

Mr Tharit further confirmed that the DSI had investigated the case with fairness as it also filed lawsuits against a number of protesters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship.