Terrorism to insurrection: criminal cases in Thai politics

Terrorism to insurrection: criminal cases in Thai politics

BANGKOK - In Thailand, where ex-premier Abhisit Vejjajiva was indicted for murder Thursday, many key political figures have fallen foul of the country's legal system. Here is a summary of the main criminal cases involving key figures in the country's recent turbulent history.

THE DEMOCRATS - IN POWER FROM 2008 TO 2011

Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his then deputy Suthep Thaugsuban face a murder charge over a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition "Red Shirt" protests in 2010, which were in support of ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

More than 90 people were killed and some 1,900 injured during the rallies against the government led by Abhisit's Democrat Party, which is now in opposition.

Suthep is accused of ordering the use of lethal force by soldiers to break up the rallies and was also due to appear to be indicted Thursday.

But the fiery former MP is currently leading protests in Bangkok against the elected premier Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin's sister, and his legal team requested the court process be delayed.

Suthep has an arrest warrant issued for him in connection to the present rallies for insurrection, for which he could face the death penalty. He has called on his supporters to protect him if the police attempt to arrest him.

British-born Abhisit denied the charges and was freed after posting bail of 1.8 million baht (S$70,000), his lawyer said.

THAKSIN SHINAWATRA - IN POWER FROM 2001 TO 2006

Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who is beloved by the rural poor for his ambitious social programs, was overthrown in September 2006 by royalist generals.

A committee appointed by the military junta that ruled Thailand after the coup froze his 76-billion-baht fortune.

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