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Ex-Thai PM to face 2,000 complaints

Publication Date : 20-12-2012


The Department of Special Investigation (DSI)  has set up a centre tasked to handle cases involving two Democrats, former Thai prime minisiter Abhisit Vejjajiva and former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban, linked to deaths and injuries in the 2010 political mayhem.

"Some 2,000 people injured in the violence will file charges against Abhisit and Suthep," DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith said.

Tarit said the two would face three types of charge - ordering the killings, attempted killings and physical assault.

The DSI will treat all cases involving the two in a batch instead of treating them as individual cases, he said.

After the injured victims had filed their complaints, the DSI would take statements and collect evidence before combining the reports on all related cases for the prosecution review in order to expedite the legal proceedings, he said.

For example, for the Phan Khamkong case in which the two were already charged with ordering the killing of a taxi driver, the DSI was preparing to file additional and related charges for attempted killing and physical offence in connection with an injured van driver in the same case.

The DSI has scheduled a meeting on December 27 to monitor the work progress. Public prosecutors and police are expected to attend the meeting.

Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Maj General Anuthai Lekbamrung is in charge of assisting the DSI to collect evidence in the cases.

Criminal Court chief justice Thawee Prachuablap said if and when the cases reached the trial stage, the court might invoke its mandate to combine all related cases.

"Let’s wait and see how the prosecutors will proceed and the court is ready to handle thousands of cases because it is empowered to hear all cases at the same time as a combined, single case," he said.

Thawee said in his opinion, circumstances surrounding each case would make it very difficult for investigators and prosecutors to complete cases in respective orders within a certain timetable, therefore the court might appoint the same panel of judges to hear respective cases.


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