Free Press Journal

Criminal lawsuit filed against Thai PM over protesters death


Bangkok: Thailand’s beleaguered premier Yingluck Shinawatra could face legal action after relatives of two anti-government protesters, who died during deadly clashes with police, filed a criminal lawsuit against her.

The two activists were among six persons, including two policemen, who died after violence broke out on February 18, near the Government House where protesters were demonstrating.

Police used riot shields, batons and rubber bullets during the action.

Relatives of victims are taking legal action against Yingluck and other senior security officials, including acting Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung. The charges were filed last week.

The murder complaint was also lodged against four other persons, lawyer Chaiwat Sittisukutl said.

“The court has set a preliminary examination where we will present evidence to prove there are grounds for the accused to go on trial,” he said.     Both police and protesters have denied using real bullets.

Twenty-three people, including four children, have died in political violence since November last year when anti-government protesters launched their campaign asking Yingluck to step down and make way for electoral and political reforms.

They accuse Yingluck of acting as a proxy for her fugitive brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a coup in 2006. He lives in self-exile in Dubai to escape a jail term on a corruption conviction.