Thaksin off hook over terrorism claims
- Published: 10/10/2013 at 04:52 PM
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The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has decided not to indict fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on terrorism charges for speaking to protesters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) protesters via video conference in 2010.
Vinai Damrongmongkolkul, an inspector general attached to the OAG, said Attorney General Atthapol Yaisawang made the decision after seeing in the video links that Thaksin, who is in self-exile abroad, did not ask the protesters to do anything against the law, burn down government offices, or incite the abolition of the constitution.
Moreover, the calls via video conference were made from outside the country. There was not sufficient evidence to support the Department of Special Investigation's recommendation for Thaksin to be charged with inciting others to commit an act of terrorism.
Former attorney general Chulasingh Vasantasing had earlier decided against indicting Thaksin.
As for 25 UDD leaders charged with terrorism, the Special Cases Litigation Office 1 has indicted them in the Criminal Court, which is still in the process of examining the plaintiff's witnesses.
The process will resume after the current parliament session goes into recess. All of the defendants will have to undergo court trials. Among them is Maj Gen Khattiya Sawasdipol, or Seh Daeng, who was shot dead during the UDD protest in 2010 and who has been charged posthumously.
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