BANGKOK, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday was formally indicted on murder charges for a rally crackdown in 2010, which claimed scores of lives.
Abhisit was released on bail after the indictment.
Suthep Thaugsuban, who then served as deputy prime minister and director of the now-dissolved Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), faces similar charges, but he did not show up at the Criminal Court.
Suthep, now core leader of the anti-government rally, sent a lawyer to ask the court to postpone his indictment as he was busy leading the protest.
The CRES ordered the military crackdown on demonstrations by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, also known as "Red Shirts," resulting in 92 deaths and leaving more than 2,000 people injured.
From March to May 2010, several thousands of Red Shirts gathered in Bangkok and called for the Abhisit administration to resolve the parliament.
After demonstrators had seized the heart of the capital's business zone for more than a month, the military, under the CRES' supervision, launched a deadly crackdown.
[Video] Thai democrat MPs resign from parliament
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"Look, it’s been almost a month now and we’ve been waiting for the government to show its responsibility. Return power to the people so the country can start afresh. The prime minister has refused to do it, the Pheu Thai party has refused to do it. They come up with all sorts of excuses, they try to divert attention, divert issues. And they are even trying to use the demand for reforms for their own purposes, such as trying to revamp the constitution. We no longer want to be part of this House of Representatives. We think it’s time the government returns power to the people." said Abhisit Vejjajiva, Leader, Democrat Party. Full story
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