Bangkok : A Thai court dismissed charges of pre-meditated murder and abuse of power against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his then deputy over a violent crackdown on opposition protesters in 2010.

Several demonstrators died in street clashes between “Red Shirt” demonstrators and security forces in 2010.

The Criminal Court ruled it has no authority to handle the case as Abhisit and his then deputy Suthep Thaugsuban were holders of public office at the time and acting under an emergency decree. “Jurisdiction in the matter rests with the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions,” the court said.

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