Submitted on Wed, 26 Mar 2014 - 07:46 PM
Thai Criminal Court on Tuesday ruled that Narin Srichomphoo, an anti-establishment red-shirt supporter, was killed by a high velocity bullet shot by the military.
A photo taken at the scene on 19 May 2010
The Court ruled that Narin was shot at around 8-9 am on 19 May 2010 in front of Ban Ratchadamri Condominium on Ratchadamri Road, near the spot where Fabio Polenghi, an Italian photojournalist was shot by the military. The bullet was shot from the direction of military troops which were deployed at Sala Daeng intersection and moving toward Ratchadamri intersection.
Ban Ratchadamri Condominium is about 80 metres from Sala Daeng intersection.
The cause of death was a bullet entering the middle of the forehead, passing to the back of the head. The bullet damaged brain tissue.
Witnesses comprised Michel Maas, a Dutch journalist who was injured by a gunshot at the same spot, a Thai PBS news reporter, a red-shirt supporter who was injured by a gunshot next to the victim, a forensic doctor and an expert on weaponry.
However, the military were acting under the command of the Centre for Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES). It was not possible to identify who shot the victim, the court ruled.
The Centre for Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES) was headed by then Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thuagsuban, the current leader of the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC)
More than 90 people were killed in a military crackdown on red-shirt supporters who staged a demonstration at Ratchaprasong intersection, a Bangkok shopping district from March to May 2010. The red shirts urged then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve Parliament and call for a fresh election.