Suthep indictment reset for Jan 8

Prosecutors have rescheduled the formal indictment of former Democrat Party MP Suthep Thaugsuban in the Criminal Court on murder charges arising from the 2010 protests for Jan 8, Office of the Attorney General (OAG) spokesman Nanthasak Poonsuk said on Monday.

Mr Nanthasak, director-general of the Special Cases Litigation Office, said this was decided after the prosecutors received additional documents from a lawyer for Mr Suthep.

Mr Suthep was originally required to report to the Criminal Court on Dec 12, along with former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, for formal indictment on charges of premeditated murder for ordering the crackdown on United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) protesters in 2010. 

More than 90 people died and hundreds were injured during the violent protests and subsequent crackdown by the army.

Only Mr Abhisit reported for arraignment as scheduled.  Mr Suthep had requested a postponement, reasoning he was busy leading the protest by the People's Democratic Reform Committee.

Mr Nanthasak said the indictment of Mr Suthep has been rescheduled for Jan 8 at 10am.

Mr Abhisit was prime mnister at the time of the protests, and Mr Suthep deputy prime minister.

The murder charges were laid this year by the Department of Special Investigation.

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Discussion 1 : 16/12/2013 at 05:19 PM
Very good comment, maybe Disney could make a film about it, Pinocchio, the leading role.
Discussion 2 : 16/12/2013 at 02:17 PM
He should have been arrested for failing to show not postponed
Discussion 3 : 16/12/2013 at 01:34 PM
If you wrote a book about this no one would believe it, but it actually does play out in Thail politics. A protest leader uses an excuse that he is busy overthrowing the govt as a reason for not attending a hearing regarding murder charges that the govt in question put on him for returning democracy to Thailand in 2010.

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