DSI Seeks Arrest Of Suthep For 2010 Unrest Deaths

Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban surrounded by his guards, 27 February 2014

(4 March) The Division of Special Investigation is seeking arrest warrant for anti-government protest leader over his role in authorising the deadly crackdown on Redshirts protesters in 2010.

Chief of the DSI, Mr. Tharit Pengdit, said he would apply for the arrest warrant at the Criminal Court on Wednesday.

Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban, who is currently leading the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD), is facing trials along with former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva over the military crackdown on the Redshirts in 2010, which resulted in the deaths of over 90 people, mostly civilians.

Mr. Suthep was serving as a Deputy Prime Minister and overseer of the crackdown operations at the time.


He has previously postponed his appearance in the court to acknowledge his murder charges, citing the needs to stay with his fellow anti-government protesters. 

However, Mr. Tharit suggested that any further delay is unacceptable. In a press conference yesterday, Mr. Tharit said he was seeking the arrest warrant to bring Mr. Suthep to acknowledge his charges, as instructed by the Prosecutors team.

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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