The People's Alliance for Democracy or the yellow-shirted movement will on Monday formally ask the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to appeal against the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Offices's acquittal of former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat and three other defendants for their supervisory role in the violent crackdown for the PAD protesters in front of the parliament on October 7, 2008 which left two protesters dead and over 400 injured.
Representing the PAD, Mr Veera Somkwamkid, a former core member of the movement, said Sunday that the PAD wanted the NACC to appeal against the acquittal verdict and expected the latter to be able to do so within the 30-day period.
Besides Somchai, former deputy prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, former national police chief Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwan and former metropolitan police commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Suchart Muenkaew were also acquitted.
The NACC which initiated the case to the court after the Office of the Attorney-General declined to do so is yet to decide whether to appeal or not.
Former Democrat deputy party leader Ong-art Klampaibul, meanwhile, said it is normal for people to agree or disagree with a court's verdict but the NACC should exercise its right of appeal so that the case will be settled once and for all to clear any doubt that some people have with the court's verdict.
He warned that the NACC would be seen as not performing its duty to its fullest if it does not appeal against the court's verdict.
Former PAD core member Suriyasai Katasila earlier pointed out that there are valid basis for the PAD to demand the NACC to appeal, citing the Central Administrative Court's order for the Royal Thai Police and the PM's Office to pay 32 million baht in compensation to the dead and injured protesters after finding the police of over-acting in their attempt to disperse the protesters.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)