12/06/2012 05:07 EST | Updated 02/04/2013 05:12 EST

Abhisit Vejjajiva, Former Thailand Prime Minister, Faces Murder Charge Over Violent Suppression Of 2010 Protests


BANGKOK - Thai law enforcement authorities have decided to file a murder charge against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in the first prosecutions of officials related to a deadly 2010 crackdown on anti-government protests.

Department of Special Investigation chief Tharit Phengdit said Thursday that investigators found Abhisit possibly culpable in the death of a taxi driver because he allowed troops to use war weapons and live ammunition against protesters.

Abhisit and former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban will be summoned to the DSI office on Dec. 12 to be formally charged.

An inquest recently found that the taxi driver was killed by guns used by military personnel during the crackdown against protesters in Bangkok.

No comment was immediately available from Abhisit, who is currently leader of the opposition.