31 Aug '17, 9am

Thai court dismisses case against former PM over bloody 2010 crackdown

BANGKOK: Thailand's Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a case against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva for ordering a deadly crackdown on demonstrators protesting against his government in 2010. More than 90 people were killed in the unrest, one of the bloodiest episodes in more than a decade of turmoil stemming from rivalry for power between populist former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and the conservative establishment. Abhisit and his deputy, Suthep Thaugsuban, were accused of murder and attempted murder in connection with the crackdown on Thaksin's red-shirted supporters to end their two-month street protest in Bangkok. The Supreme Court upheld rulings by lower courts that the police's Department of Special Investigation had no jurisdiction to bring the case. It was brought in 2014, before the government of Thaksin's sister, then prime minister Yingluck Sh...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-cour...

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