‘No red shirts killed’ in protest crackdown


The fact-finding committee probing the Songkran mayhem yesterday concluded that no red-shirted protesters were killed during the crackdown.

Somsak Boonthong, chairman of the committee, said after its meeting that the panel had finalised its findings after gathering facts from all places where the incidents took place.

“We did not conclude who is right or wrong. We just figured out where the protests took place and how it happened,” Somsak said.

The death of Private Apinop Kruasuk, who was found dead at the home of First Army Region commander Lt-General Kanit Sapithak on April 15, and two bodies found near Chao Phya River had no relation to the protests. Kanit’s autopsy showed that he was hit on the head with a blunt object, Somsak said.

The committee also added suggestions that in future there should be a law to specifically handle any protest and a special task force should be set up to do that task. The military should not be involved in any protest crackdown.

They will also produce a transcript of the testimony of forensic police and Khunying Porntip Rojanasunan, director of the Central Institute of Forensic Science, about Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s audio clip in the annex of the report.

The committee will send the conclusions to House Speaker Chai Chidchob next Monday.

By The Nation
Published on September 12, 2009


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