Phra Suthep ordered into court

Anti-government protest leader-turned-Buddhist monk Suthep Thaugsuban will report to the Criminal Court on July 28 for an evidence hearing in a case related to the 2010 political violence in which he faces murder charges, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

On May 26, Phra Suthep was brought before the Criminal Court and indicted on charges of murder and attempted murder when he served as deputy prime minister in 2010 for allegedly ordering the military crackdown on red-shirt protesters, which claimed at least 92 lives. Former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was indicted on the same charges.

Mr Suthep denied the charges and was released on bail on that day.

Lawyer Sawat Chareonpon confirmed Phra Suthep Praphakaro, as Mr Suthep is now known, will show up in court but it was not known yet if he would come as a monk or a layman. He said the case was a criminal one with punishment of more than 10 years and the defendant must appear before the court as required for every hearing. 

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