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Khao Sod : Van Driver Injured By 2010 Crackdown Wants To Confront Abhisit

Taken from an article called “Van Driver Injured By 2010 Crackdown Wants To Confront Abhisit” by Khaosod Online on 25th June 2013.

Mr. Samorn Maithong showing the wound. Photo by Khaosod

Mr. Samorn Maithong showing the wound. Photo by Khaosod Online

(25 June) The van driver shot and injured during military operation against the Redshirt protesters in May 2010 says he wants to meet Former PM Abhisit Vejjajeeva and ask him what the former leader has to say about the operation that led to his injury.

Mr. Samorn Maithong was driving his van in central Bangkok on the night of 15 May 2010 when he encountered a roadblock manned by the soldiers who were tightening their grip around the Redshirts′ main encampment. The van was subsequently shot upon, and Mr. Samorn was injured by the gunfire. He had insisted the soldiers shot him.

While Mr. Samorn escaped with gunshot wound, others were not as lucky. A taxi driver and a 14 year old boy were shot and killed as they observed the gunfire from a distance. The court′s inquest has said last December that the taxi driver, Pan Kamkong, was killed by the soldiers who manned the checkpoint.

Recently, the Division of Special Investigation (DSI) forwarded the files about his injury to the Attorney General in order to process the criminal case against Mr. Abhisit, whom the DSI named as the person responsible for authorizing the military operation.

Mr. Abhisit is scheduled to appear at the Attorney Office at Ratchadapisek Court this 26 June, but it is not certain whether he would show up in person.

Speaking to our correspondent, Mr. Samorn expressed his pleasure to know that his case is being processed by the DSI and said he would observe the meeting between Mr. Abhisit and the Attorney tomorrow (26 June) as well. He said he hoped to meet Mr. Abhisit there so he could ask the former Prime Minister about his feeling for what he had done.

Mr. Samorn said he was angry to think that in the past 3 years Mr. Abhisit and Mr. Suthep Theuksuban, Mr. Abhisit′s second-in-command at the time, have not ever issued any apology to the families of those who lost their lives during the crackdown.

“They kept shoving all the blame on the Blackshirts [mysterious, black-clad armed men] but in reality the soldiers were the ones who besieged the area and used firearms to violently disperse the people, in the middle of the city. After what happened, the 2 still walked around, unconcerned of the people′s deaths,” Mr. Samorn said.

He said he had great hope that the case would turn out in his favor as the DSI has been gathering much information for 3 years. Mr. Samorn said he hoped the court would give fairness to the victims of 2010 crackdown as “the court is the last resort for justice” for the victims′ families.

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