Police release 2010 relatives

Bang Sue police on Sunday evening released without charge three relatives of people killed in the 2010 political unrest who had been distributing leaflets demanding legal action against ex-premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his then deputy Suthep Thaugsuban.

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The three are Payao Akkahad and Nathaphat Akkahad, the mother and younger brother of Kamolkade, a volunteer nurse who was killed by a sniper at Wat Pathumwanaram, and Pansak Srithep, the father of Samaphan, who was killed in a military crackdown against the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) protesters in May 2010. 

Police earlier said the three would be charged with defamation by publication after they had dropped leaflets onto the street near Chatuchak BTS skytrain in a symbolic call for criminal action against Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep over the 2010 riots on Sunday morning.

Mr Pansak faced a maximum fine of 5,000 baht for violating the 1992 Cleanliness and Tidiness of the Country Act. 

Police said they would take legal against the group if Mr Abhisit and Suthep, who were named in the leaflets, wanted to file a defamation case against them, adding there was a three-month statute of limitations.  

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