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UDD to seek NACC review of case on crackdown on red-shirt protesters in 2010

The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will ask the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to review a case on the government crackdown on red-shirt protesters in 2010, UDD secretary-general Nattawut Saikua said on Monday (Aug 7).

Mr Natawut said the case was filed with the NACC by the UDD, but it was dismissed by NACC. As a result, the case was not forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General for indictment despite the fact that a large number of red-shirt protesters were killed and injured in the crackdown, he said.

The UDD's move came after the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions on Aug 2 delivered its ruling on the case on the dispersal of People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters on Oct 7, 2008.

In its ruling, former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, former deputy prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, former police chief Patcharawat Wongsuwon and former metropolitan police chief Surchart Muankaew were found not guilty.

Mr Natawut said the UDD respects the court's ruling, which, he said, provided a clear explanation of the facts surrounding the dispersal of the PAD protesters by the police force.

Since the PAD planned to petition the NACC to appeal the court's ruling today (Aug 7), the UDD will also ask the NACC to review the case on the crackdown on the UDD protesters, he said.

He said the UDD has assigned its legal staff to compile evidence for the NACC to compare between the 2008 dispersal of the yellow-shirts and the 2010 crackdown on the red-shirts.

It was still doubtful why the case on the 2010 crackdown on the UDD protesters was dropped, said Mr Natawut.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)