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Thai ex-PM Abhisit charged with murder

  • Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been charged with murder over the death of a taxi driver killed by soldiers during political violence.

    Abhisit was prime minister when hundreds took to the streets of Bangkok in 2010 to protest against his government.

    He gave orders allowing troops to use live ammunition on protesters.

    Abhisit denies the charge, which supporters claim is politically motivated.

    More than 90 people, both civilians and soldiers, lost their lives in the two-month long protests.

    Abhisit and his deputy, Suthep Thaugsuban, are the first officials to face charges in connection with the deaths.