Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva says the Department of Special Investigation has gone too far by implying a taxi driver caught up in the 2010 political violence was murdered.
Abhisit: Talk of murder goes too far
The Criminal Court found on Monday that Yasothon native Phan Khamkong, 44, was killed by security forces near the Ratchaprarop Airport Link station during the red-shirt riots.
They fired at a suspicious van which had entered a military controlled zone on the night of May 14, 2010.
Responding to the decision, DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said former prime minister Abhisit and Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) director Suthep Thaugsuban could face charges of premeditated murder as a result of the killing.
Mr Abhisit said Mr Tarit had probably forgotten the fact that the DSI chief was also a member of the CRES at the time. If the CRES is prosecuted in relation to the taxi driver's death, the DSI chief could be regarded as a suspect as well.
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said the DSI would be asked to further investigate Phan's death in the aftermath of the court's ruling.