Dems face libel suit for MIB remarks

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has instructed his lawyers and the Pheu Thai Party's legal team to bring a defamation lawsuit against Abhisit Vejjajiva and other leading Democrat Party members for their remarks about the role of the "men in black" in the United Front for Democrat against Dictatorship's (UDD) violent protests in 2010.

Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit said Mr Abhisit, deputy party leader Korn Chatikavanij, Surat Thani MP Suthep Thaugsuban, Songkhla MP Sirichok Sopha and Rayong MP Sathit Pitutecha would be sued.

These leading members of the Democrat Party had accused Thaksin of being behind the men in black, he said.

The Pheu Thai spokesman said it was not true that Thaksin took command of the men in black with an intention of causing the loss of lives and using the people as his tool to return to power.

Thaksin had never joined in any meeting or given any order for action. He did not know who the men in black were, Mr Prompong said.

He said if the Democrats continued to stage more rallies of this kind, they would only sow seeds of hatred and division among the people.

A complaint would be filed against the Democrats with Lumpini police on Oct 17 at 10am, Mr Prompong said.

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