Former Thailand Prime Minister facing murder charge

Thai law enforcement authorities have decided to file a murder charge against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in the first prosecutions of officials related to a deadly 2010 crackdown on anti-government protests.

Investigators found Mr Abhisit possibly culpable in the death of a taxi driver because he allowed troops to use war weapons and live ammunition against protesters, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tharit Phengdit said.

Mr Abhisit and former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban will be summoned to the DSI office on December 12 to be formally charged.

An inquest recently found that the taxi driver was killed by guns used by military personnel during the crackdown against protesters in Bangkok.

No comment was immediately available from Mr Abhisit, who is currently leader of the opposition.

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