Nattawut seeks NACC file on red-shirt crackdown case

PUBLISHED ON FRI, JAN 12, 2018 7:00 PM

Nattawut seeks NACC file on red-shirt crackdown case

By The Nation



Nattawut Saikua


Red-shirt leader Nattawut Saikua on Friday petitioned the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to disclose the files regarding the 2010 demonstrations after the agency decided not to pursue legal action against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his then-deputy Suthep Thaugsuban.


Nattawut said he had no intention to challenge the powers that be, but he only wanted to ensure justice was done after a great number of deaths and injuries.


The red-shirt umbrella United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) wanted the file to see whether there was any evidence and facts that the NACC had not taken into consideration, Nattawut said. 


This was in addition to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI)’s findings that had been used in the court as well as the court’s deliberations into the deaths of 20 red-shirt protesters killed by the officials’ weapons, he explained. 


Nattawut said the UDD sought to know whether the latter could be deemed new evidence and thus could be used to fight the case further.


The UDD also wanted the NACC to publish its file to see whether the agency had been straightforward, he said. The group wanted to compare it with how it had dealt with case over the crackdown on yellow-shirt protesters, he said.


The NACC had charged former PM Somchai Wongsawat and other officials in connection with the dispersal of the People’s Alliance for Democracy protesters in 2008. 


The red-shirts questioned the impartiality of the NACC after it absolved Abhisit and Suthep in a similar case. 


“The NACC’s decision to drop the case over the 2010 violent crackdown is unacceptable,” the red-shirt leader said. 


“We want this case, which involves injuries and loss of lives, to go to court. We insist on finding the truth and justice,” Nattawut said. “And if the NACC ignores this and refuses to disclose the file, we will exercise our rights under the information dissemination law.”


The petition was accepted by Chakkrit Tanlert, head of the investigation of political corruption office 1. The official said that the matter would be placed before the commissioners next week.



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