Suthep fails to delay indictment again

Prosecutors on Thursday rejected Suthep Thaugsuban's request to again postpone his indictment on charges of premeditated and attempted murder in connection with the 2010 political violence.

The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest leader has been ordered to report to the prosecution office by Feb 13.

Former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Mr Suthep have been charged with premeditated and attempted murder for ordering the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) to crack down on red-shirt protesters with the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) in 2010, resulting in more than 90 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Mr Abhisit reported for indictment in December last year. But Mr Suthep, now leading PDRC protests demanding the resignation of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government, has sought several postponements of his indictment, using his involvement in the rallies as an excuse.

He was last ordered to report to the prosecution today.

Viroj Phumsirisawat, Mr Suthep's lawyer, today submitted a request to Nanthasak Poonsuk, director-general of the Special Cases Litigation Department, asking for another deferment until March 6, reasoning that Mr Suthep was still engaged in a political rally and must take care of the PDRC protesters following his lead.

Mr Viroj said Mr Suthep's request was considered at a meeting of prosecutors, who decided to reject it on the grounds that the Criminal Court has made an appointment to examine evidence in the case on March 24, and the attorney-general ordered his indictment in October last year.

He said prosecutors instead ordered Mr Suthep to report for indictment by Feb 13, otherwise a court warrant would be sought for his arrest.

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Discussion 1 : 06/02/2014 at 04:00 PM
This is the very corruption that Suthep claims to be against. One rule for the rich and one for everybody else. Suits him though, doesn't it, being able to tell the courts when he has free time to answer charges or when he is too busy. This should be a class war not a color war. There will be no positive change or reform if elites of either color continue to be able to do what they want, when they want to.
Discussion 2 : 06/02/2014 at 02:31 PM
Does the great "reformer" feel that the rule of law applies to him or not? I guess we find out by the 13th.
Discussion 3 : 06/02/2014 at 02:12 PM
It is good to see the Rule of Law being followed. If he is innocent he should have nothing to fear. If he is guilty we will not see him for a while.
Discussion 4 : 06/02/2014 at 02:10 PM
This is the very corruption that Suthep claims to be against. One rule for the rich and one for everybody else. Suits him though, doesn't it, being able to tell the courts when he has free time to answer charges or when he is too busy. This should be a class war not a color war. There will be no positive change or reform if elites of either color continue to be able to do what they want, when they want to.
Discussion 5 : 06/02/2014 at 12:49 PM
I know many people will be happy when he's arrested. Of course many people will not be. I think most people just want all these protests to end!

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