Somchai, 3 others acquitted in yellow-shirt dispersal trial

Former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat waves to supporters on Wednesday as he walks into the Supreme Court to hear the ruling on the yellow-shirt crackdown. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions has judged former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat and three other defendants not guilty over the forceful dispersal of yellow-shirt protesters in 2008.

The court ruled on Wednesday that Mr Somchai, who was then prime minister, his deputy prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, then-national police chief Pol Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwon and then-metropolitan police commander Suchart Mueankaew performed their duty in clearing the way for the cabinet members and MPs to leave the parliament on Oct 7, 2008. 

The four men were charged with abuse of authority in 2015 by the National Anti-Corruption Commission. All denied the allegations.

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