The former prime minister of Thailand, Abhisit Vejjajiva, faces murder charges over the death of a taxi driver who was shot by soldiers during the political protests in Bangkok in 2010. Former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban also faces charges. According to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) the two politicians, who held office during the red shirt protests in 2010, gave ‘orders that led to the deaths of others with intent’. The two men have been asked to report to the DSI on December 12 to acknowledge the charges. The soldiers involved in the incident will not face prosecution because they were deemed to be acting under orders of their commanders.
Last month, a number of red shirt leaders were charged with inciting violence during the 2010 protests. It is thought that those cases could take years to come to court, if they ever do, and the same scenario is possible for the charges against Abhisit and Suthep.