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Protest Leader Suthep Thuagsuban Accused of Committing Lese Majeste



Protest leader Suthep accused of committing lese majeste
BANGKOK – A complaint was lodged with the Crime Suppression Division police by a former Pheu Thai MP and his lawyers against protest protest leader Suthep Thuagsuban accusing him of having committed lese majeste.

Suchart Lainam-ngern of Lop Buri, accompanied by a group of lawyers from the Northeast, met with Pol Col Prasobchoke Prommoon, deputy commander of the CSD, and handed over to him video clips recording Suthep’s speeches urging the people to boycott the February 2 election.

Suchart claimed that Suthe’s actions amounted to lese majeste in accordance with Article 112 of the Criminal Code.

Pol Col Prasobchoke  told the complainants that he would check their evidences first and would bring up the case to the attention of the National Police Office at the forthcoming meeting.

Meanwhile, Prosecutors have rescheduled the formal indictment of former Democrat Party MP Suthep Thaugsuban in the Criminal Court on murder charges arising from the 2010 protests for Jan 8, Office of the Attorney General (OAG) spokesman Nanthasak Poonsuk said on Monday.

Mr Nanthasak, director-general of the Special Cases Litigation Office, said this was decided after the prosecutors received additional documents from a lawyer for Mr Suthep.

Mr Suthep was originally required to report to the Criminal Court on Dec 12, along with former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, for formal indictment on charges of premeditated murder for ordering the crackdown on United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) protesters in 2010.

More than 90 people died and hundreds were injured during the violent protests and subsequent crackdown by the army.

Only Mr Abhisit reported for arraignment as scheduled.  Mr Suthep had requested a postponement, reasoning he was busy leading the protest by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee.

Mr Nanthasak said the indictment of Mr Suthep has been rescheduled for Jan 8 at 10am.

Mr Abhisit was prime mnister at the time of the protests, and Mr Suthep deputy prime minister.

The murder charges were laid this year by the Department of Special Investigation.

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