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Thai caretaker PM sued for murder

English.news.cn   2014-03-11 20:11:13

BANGKOK, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Families of two Thai anti- government protesters killed in a clash with the police in mid- February lodged a criminal suit on Tuesday against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

In the lawsuit filed with the Criminal Court, Yingluck was sued for premeditated murder for ordering the police to retake rally sites in the capital Bangkok on Feb.18, including the one near the Democracy Monument where the clash occurred, Chaiwat Sitthisuksakul, a lawyer representing the families, was quoted as saying by MCOT, a Thai state-owned broadcasting group.

Caretaker Labor Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, concurrently chief of the government-run Center for Maintaining Peace and Order, and four other government officials are also defendants in the case.

The clash claimed the lives of two police officers and four protesters, and left scores injured.

In late February, families of the other two deceased protesters already filed similar charges against Yingluck and several other state officials.

From Nov. 30 last year to Feb. 28, political violence all over the country killed 23 people and injured 768 others, figures from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's Erawan Emergency Medical Service Center showed.

The Erawan center on Tuesday reported a man severely injured in a bomb explosion in the morning at the Lumpini Park, now the main rally site of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee. Another two were slightly injured in the blast, local media reported.

In a separate incident, the Election Commission on Tuesday agreed to hold a poll re-run on April 5 for constituencies in provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala and Prachuap Khiri Khan, and Bangkok.

A re-run will also be held on April 27 for constituencies in provinces of Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket, Satun, Phangnga and Ranong.

These regions are among those where the Jan. 26 advance voting or Feb. 2 general election was disrupted by protesters.

Editor: Shen Qing
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