Thai Ex-PM Charged With Murder

Former Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva has been charged with murder over the death of a taxi driver shot by soldiers during political violence. Mr Abhisit was prime minister when thousands of protesters took to the streets in 2010 demanding his government step down.

He gave orders allowing troops to use live ammunition on protesters, who had shut down parts of Bangkok. He denies the charge, which supporters say is politically motivated.

More than 90 people, both civilians and soldiers, were killed in the protests, which went on for over two months. Mr Abhisit and his deputy at the time, Suthep Thaugsuban, are the first officials to face charges in connection with the deaths.

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