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Thai Troops Likely Shot Italian Journalist Fabio Polenghi: Inquest

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Thai troops likely shot Italian journalist: inquest

BANGKOK, May 29, 2013 (AFP) - Thai soldiers are believed to have shot an Italian photographer who was killed during mass opposition street protests in Bangkok in 2010, an official inquest found on Wednesday.

The probe by a criminal court in the Thai capital, however, was unable to identify the individual who fired the bullet that struck Fabio Polenghi, a freelance photographer who was covering the two-month-long demonstrations.

"During the inquest, experts testified that the victim died of a wound from a high velocity bullet like those used by security forces and there was no evidence of any other group in the area," according to a criminal court judge.

"The court ruled that Fabio Polenghi died from a wound from a gunshot which came from the direction where security forces were working to regain control of the area but could not identify the shooter," she added.

Polenghi was killed on May 19, 2010, the day when soldiers firing live ammunition stormed the "Red Shirt" protest movement's sprawling rally base in the centre of Bangkok.

His sister Elisabetta Polenghi said the ruling was "positive but it is not the solution".

"Now I'm expecting that something really happens and the ones who are responsible have to get a kind of penalty," she told reporters.

Her lawyer said that he would file a criminal complaint with the Justice Ministry's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) against Abhisit Vejjajiva, who was prime minister at the time.

"Now we have the official ruling from the court, I, as a legal advisor and lawyer of the Polenghi family, will go to the DSI to file a complaint against former prime minister Abhisit," said the lawyer, Karom Pornpolklang.

Police told the inquest they believed security forces shot Polenghi during the demo, in which tens of thousands of Red Shirts brought central Bangkok to a standstill with demands for snap elections.

Street battles between soldiers with rifles and mostly unarmed protesters claimed more than 90 lives and left nearly 1,900 people injured, mainly civilians.

Abhisit and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban face murder charges in connection with the deadly crackdown, officials announced in December. No military officials have been prosecuted.

The kingdom now has a new government allied to the Red Shirts' hero, fugitive former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, whose sister Yingluck Shinawatra is prime minister.

Yingluck's government has said there is clear evidence that troops were responsible for the death of another journalist during the unrest, Japanese cameraman Hiroyuki Muramoto of the Thomson Reuters news agency.

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-- (c) Copyright AFP 2013-05-29

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Court rules Polenghi killed by bullet from state authorities
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BANGKOK, May 29 – Bangkok's Criminal Court ruled today that Italian photographer Fabio Polenghi was killed in the May 19, 2010 political upheaval in the capital by a bullet fired from the direction of government authorities.

According to the court, the state authorities occupied an area from Sala Daeng to Rajdamri intersections and the high velocity bullet that shot through Mr Polenghi’s heart, lung and liver came from that direction but it could not be determined who fired it.

The incident took place during the military crackdown on Red Shirt demonstrators who staged a massive protest against the Abhisit Vejjajiva government in Bangkok’s busiest commercial centres and nearby roads.

Mr Polenghi was pronounced dead at the nearby Police Hospital at 11.30 am that morning, the court said.

Karom Polpornklang, the plaintiff's attorney, said Mr Polenghi’s sister, Elizabetta, has yet to decide if she would file the case in an international court.

The late Italian journalist’s mother and sister also appeared at the court today.

Ms Polenghi welcomed the court’s verdict but said her family seriously wanted to know who the shooter was.

Mr Karom said he would forward the court’s verdict to the Department of Special Investigation to add to the case against Mr Abhisit and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban who were charged with ordering the murder of the people. (MCOT online news)

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-- TNA 2013-05-29

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Thai inquest finds army responsible for 2010 Italian journalist shooting

BANGKOK: -- The Criminal Court on Wednesday concluded that the military shot an Italian journalist who was killed while covering Bangkok's bloody anti-government protests in 2010.


"Based on the evidence, the bullet that killed the victim was the same type used that day by the security forces," the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court said.

"The court therefore believes the bullet that killed the victim came from the security forces, but we do not know who fired the bullet." The court’s ruling concluded an inquest into the death of Fabio Polenghi, who was shot dead while covering the military crackdown of May 19, 2010 on anti-government protesters.

Polenghi’s mother and two sisters, who attended the inquest, were "satisfied" with the finding, their lawyer Karom Polpornklang said.

"They will now proceed to push a case against Abhisit Vejjajiva and Suthep Thaugsuban who were responsible for ordering the crackdown," he said.

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-- The Nation 2013-05-29

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My sympathies for his family, he was only trying to do a job

BUT.

The fact is he was in a dangerous live fire zone during an exchange of gunfire between armed protesters and armed soldiers.

Some places call that collateral damage? What do you call it?

Murder

So the army and protestors where murdering each other?

Or do you mean that the army was murdering the protestors and the protestors fired back in self-defense?

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"Now we have the official ruling from the court, I, as a legal advisor
and lawyer of the Polenghi family, will go to the DSI to file a
complaint against former prime minister Abhisit," said the lawyer, Karom
Pornpolklang".

Wasn't Robert Amsterdam (Thaksin's lawyer) "helping" the Italian family?

Aah ok so now they go the DSI...(Thaksin's friends).

I am sure Thaksin has NOTHING to do with all of this.

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Are we sure the weapons were used by the boys in green?

In early 2010 6000 M16 ammo and explosives were stolen from an Army Depot.

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Are we sure the weapons were used by the boys in green?

In early 2010 6000 M16 ammo and explosives were stolen from an Army Depot.

OP ""The court ruled that Fabio Polenghi died from a wound from a gunshot

which came from the direction where security forces were working to

regain control of the area but could not identify the shooter," she

added"

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