Suthep indicted on murder charges

Former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), was indicted in the Criminal Court on charges of murder and attempted murders for allegedly ordering the military crackdown on red-shirt protesters in 2010, causing 98 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva had earlier been indicted on the same charges.

Mr Suthep was escorted by soldiers to report to the prosecution to hear the charges after being released on Monday morning by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).  He denied the charges.

He was later formally indicted in the Criminal Court.

His lawyer applied for his release on bail, submitting a bank deposit passbook of 600,000 baht as surety.  The court approved the bail request.

Mr Suthep is required to report to the court for the first hearing on July 28.

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