Court rules death of red-shirt taxi driver caused by security officers

On 26 Nov, the Criminal Court ruled that the death of Charnnarong Polsrila had been caused by security officers during the crackdown on red shirts in May 2010.

The red-shirt taxi driver was shot and killed in front of a gas station on Ratchaprarop Rd on the afternoon of 15 May 2010.

The court said that he was killed by a .223 calibre bullet shot from a machine gun, but the shooter could not be identified.

This is the second court ruling in a series of inquests into the deaths of red shirts believed to have been killed by authorities during the 2010 crackdown.  In the first case of Phan Khamkong on 17 Sept, the court gave a similar ruling.

Photo of Charnnarong Polsrila being shot at about 3.50 pm on 15 May 2010.

The court will give its ruling on 17 Dec on the case of Chatchai Chalao, 25, who was shot and killed on 13 May 2010 on Rama IV Rd in front of Lumpini Park, and on 16 Jan next year on the case of Bunmi Roemsuk, 71, who was shot in Bon Kai on Rama IV Rd on 14 May 2010 and died on 28 July 2010.