Ex Thai-PM Abhisit charged with murder during unrest

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 06:06 hrs

London: Former Thailand prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been charged with murder over the death of a taxi driver shot by soldiers during political violence.

Abhisit was prime minister when thousands of protesters took to the streets in 2010 demanding his government step down.

He gave orders allowing troops to use live ammunition on protesters.

Over 90 people, both civilians and soldiers, were killed in the protests, which went on for over two months, the BBC reports.

Abhisit and his deputy at the time, Suthep Thaugsuban, are the first officials to face charges in connection with the deaths.

According to the report, Abhisit denied the charge, which supporters say is politically motivated.

Abhisit said he would fight to prove he was not guilty, the report added. 

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