NACC to charge two more over Oct 7

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NACC to charge two more over Oct 7


Published: 28/07/2009 at 03:17 PM

The National Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday resolved to bring criminal charges against two more people in connection with the police crackdown on People's Alliance for Democracy protesters in front of parliament on Oct 7 last year, commissioner Wicha Mahakhun said.

The decision was made at a meeting of the nine-member commission on Tuesday to consider a report from a committee investigating the cause of the violence. Seven people have already been charged.

The seven are former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, former deputy prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, police chief Patcharawat Wongsuwan, his deputy Pol Gen Viroj Phaholvej, former metropolitan police chief Pol Lt-Gen Suchart Mueankaew and deputy metropolitan police chiefs Pol Maj-Gen Likhit Klin-uan and Pol Maj-Gen Ekarat Meepreecha.

Mr Wicha said the NACC, after going through the report, resolved to bring criminal charges against two more people and to bring an additional charge of serious breach of discipline against one of the seven people already charged.

He would not name any of them and refused to confirm the person facing the additional charge was Pol Gen Patcharawat, the national police chief.

He said only that they would be summoned to hear the charges on Aug 3.

The NACC is expected to decide by the middle of next month whether to institute court proceedings against the accused.

At dawn on Oct 7, riot police fired tear gas at thousands of PAD protesters who the night before had sealed the entrances to parliament building to stop the Somchai government from delivering its policy statement to the House to legalise its administrative power.

In the evening of Oct 7, PAD demonstrators surrounded the Metropolitan Police Bureau offices and police there again fired tear gas rounds at them.

When they returned to surround parliament later in the evening, more tear gas was fired at them.

Two demonstrators died in the day of violence and hundreds of protesters and police were injured. Many protesters were hit by teargas cannisters.

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