Two red-shirts killed by soldiers, Thai court says

Two red-shirts killed by soldiers, Thai court says
Thailand's "Red Shirt" protest.

THAILAND - A criminal court inquest concluded yesterday that two red-shirt protesters were killed by high-velocity bullets fired by soldiers operating near Banglamphu in Bangkok during a military crackdown in April 2010.

The court found that Charoon Chaimaen, 46, and Sayam Watanukul, 52, were hit by bullets in front of Satriwithaya school on Din Sor Road.

Court ruled that Charoon died at Central General Hospital at 10pm on April 10, 2010. He was hit a high-velocity bullet that destroyed his lungs and liver.

Sayam died on en-route to the hospital. He was hit in his back and the bullets went through his chest, destroying major blood vessels.

The bullets were fired by soldiers who retreated from a defensive line near Satriwithaya School to a soi alongside Wat Bowonniwet near Wan Chat Bridge intersection.

The court said it was not known who fired the shots that killed the two red-shirt supporters.

The two men's relatives said the court ruling was fair. They wanted to see offenders take responsibility for the "intense situation" in which their family members died.

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