The case had been dropped by other courts, but Abhisit’s lawyer Paiboon Pho-noi has sought judges’ endorsement in taking the case to the Supreme Court and taken the first step by submitting it for consideration with the Justice Court.
Former DSI chief Tarit Pengdith had accused Abhisit and Suthep of issuing orders with the intention to kill or try to kill people through the crackdown against protesters led by the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).
The lawyer said the plaintiffs believed this charge was distorted and that the agency had no authority to pinpoint the wrongdoing. The authority for this lies with the National Anti-Corruption Commission, he said.
Hence the plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against the former DSI chief and three other concerned officials for making false charges, he added.
Paiboon said the Justice Court accepted the petition after reviewing it. Once the court procedure has been completed, the petition will be forwarded to the Supreme Court either to deliberate on it if it believes the petition has solid ground or drop it.