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Yingluck and five top officials face murder trial

Two murder cases against Yingluck Shinawatra and five top government officials have been accepted by the criminal court. The cases are in connection with the suppression of anti-government protesters on February 18th that lead many injuries and deaths, including that of the plaintiffs’ husband and son, who were slain during the suppression at Phan Fah bridge.

murder trial thailandThe plaintiffs, Mrs Jongjit sae Dan, wife of the slain Sathra sae Dan, and Mrs Umaporn Angthong, mother of the slain son Jirapong Chuichai named six top government officials responsible for the deaths of the two victims in the suppression in two criminal suits filed with the Criminal Court on February 24.

Named as respective defendants are caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) head Chalerm Yoobamrung, National Police Office commissioner Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdit, Second Provincial Police commander Pol Lt-Gen Kawee Supanand, and Chonburi police commander Pol Maj-Gen Katja Thatsart.

They were accused of a conspiracy to kill and order subordinates to kill others with intent on February 18.

In the meantime the Division of Special Investigation is seeking an arrest warrant for anti-government leader Suthep Thaugsuban, along with former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva over their roles in the deadly crackdown on Redshirt Protestors in 2010. Suthep was serving as Deputy Prime Minister at the time. Mr. Suthep and Mr. Abhisit repeatedly denied the murder charges, claiming that the shadowy armed militants were to blame for deaths of security forces and protesters in the 2010 unrest

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