Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was charged with murder on December 13 over a civilian’s death during a crackdown on anti-government rallies two years ago. Abhisit and his then-deputy Suthep Thaugsuban were formally charged at Bangkok’s Department of Special Investigation, making them the first officials to face a court over Thailand’s worst political violence in decades. “The DSI has charged Abhisit and Suthep on section 288, which is murder. They both denied the charge,” senior Democrat Party lawmaker Thavorn Senniem said. About 90 people died and nearly 1,900 were wounded in a series of street clashes between “Red Shirt” demonstrators and security forces, which culminated in a deadly army operation in May 2010 to break up the protest.
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