DSI: No detention of Abhisit, Suthep

Investigators decided at a meeting today not to deny bail for former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban after they report to the DSI on Thursday to acknoledge charges, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdit said on Tuesday.

The meeting was held after some relatives of those who died in the April-May 2010 violence submitted a letter to the DSI, demanding that Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep be put in jail.

The two men are to report to the DSI on Thursday, Dec 13, at 1pm to hear murder charges in connection with the death of taxi driver Phan Khamkong, who died during the red-shirt protests.  The Criminal Court ruled that he was shot dead by soldiers.

Mr Tarit said the meeting decided not to seek the detention of Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep because they are former holders of high-level political positions.  Moreover, they were unlikely to flee or meddle with evidence in the case.

However, four condititions would be set for them to follows.  They must first seek investigators' approval if they want to travel abroad, must not meddle with evidence in the case, must not do anything deemed harmful, and must not do anything to obstruct the procedures of the case.

The DSI would meet meet with Metropolitan Police Division 2 officers later today to discuss security for Dec 13, he said.

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