More murder charges against former Thai premier, deputy

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BANGKOK, May 14 – Thailand’s former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban appeared at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) this morning to acknowledge charges of premeditated murder during the 2010 anti-government Red Shirt protest in Bangkok.

They allegedly collaborated in suppression of anti-government protesters on May 15, 2010 which resulted in the death of Kunakorn Srisuwan also known as Isa, 14, and the injury of Samorn Maithong, a driver.

They were earlier charged with similar offences involved in the death of a taxi drivere, Pan Kamkong. They denied all charges.

DSI chief Tharit Pengdit said their actions led to the deaths and injury of three people on Ratchaprarop Road, adding that the DSI will wrap up the cases to be forwarded to the Attorney General in a month.

Mr Abhisit was charged in his capacity as prime minister while Mr Suthep was deputy prime minister and director of the now-dissolved Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES).

Mr Tharit said they could be summoned again if the DSI finds additional charges against them.