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Thai protest leader indicted for murder

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Bangkok, May 26 :

Thai anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban was Monday indicted by a criminal court on murder charges, a media report said.

Suthep Thaugsuban
Suthep Thaugsuban

Suthep, leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and a former deputy prime minister, was charged with ordering a military crackdown on Red Shirt protestors in 2010 that claimed 98 lives, the Bangkok Post reported.

Earlier Monday, Suthep and four co-leaders were released after being detained by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). They reported to the Office of the attorney general over insurrection charges in relation to the six-month anti-government protests.

Suthep has denied all the charges.

He was released on bail after his lawyer submitted a bank deposit passbook of 600,000 Thai baht (over $18,400) as surety.

Suthep is required to report to the court for the first hearing July 28.

(IANS)