Focus on reconciliation, slain journo’s sister says (Elisabetta Polenghi Italy / Thailand)

The sister of an Italian journalist killed during the crackdown on red shirts two years ago voiced support for providing compensation to the victims of the political turmoil, but said that getting all sides to reconcile was more important.

“I think the Thai government should take responsibility for things that have happened and for the suffering, but above all, it must reconcile with the population and not allow this sort of thing to happen ever again,” Elisabetta Polenghi, the sister of Fabio Polenghi, told The Nation.

A stray bullet hit and killed Fabio near Bangkok’s Lumpini Park on May 19, 2010.

Yingluck Shinawatra’s government recently earmarked up to Bt7.75 million for victims of political unrest over the period stretching from late 2005, when the yellow shirts rallied against then-PM Thaksin Shinawatra, to May 2010 when red shirts staged street protests against the government of Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Elisabetta said the Abhisit government had offered to compensate her for her brother’s death, but she refused and demanded to know the truth about the shooting. The current government has not contacted or offered her any money.

Read more in The Nation

“I would like to tell both the Italian and the Thai governments that we expect full light to be shed on the events surrounding my brother’s death. That there are still many questions that need asking, including where his personal effects went and who took his camera.”

Some video-interviews in Thailand with Fabio’s sister

3-2-2012: We are now one year and nine months “further” in this stinking case…………..

FABIOPOLENGHI ORG

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