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Thai ex-PM indicted for killings in 2010 crackdown

Published: 28th October 2013 03:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th October 2013 03:26 PM   |  A+A-

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Thai riot police walk back to their positions after protesters from the group The People's Army against Thaksin Regime dispersed from a demonstration outside the Government House Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

By AP

 Prosecutors in Thailand have indicted a former prime minister for his alleged role in the deaths of demonstrators during a 2010 crackdown on anti-government protests.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's office, Nanthasak Poolsuk, said Monday that Abhisit Vejjajiva was charged with "causing others to commit murders" through orders he issued to end a nine-week occupation of downtown Bangkok by anti-government protesters.

More than 90 people were killed during the protests, many of them when security forces swept demonstrators from the streets.

Nanthasak says former Deputy Premier Suthep Thaugsuban was also indicted on the same charges Monday. Suthep was in charge of the ad hoc government-run security agency at the time.

Earlier this year, a Thai court ruled that soldiers killed six protesters during the crackdown.

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