Thai former anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban walks to the Criminal Court for a hearing on his trial from the Office of the Attorney General in Bangkok, Thailand on Jan 24, 2018.(Photo: EPA-EFE)

Hanoi (VNA) – Former Thai Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of anti-government protests related to Thailand's 2014 military coup, was prosecuted for treason and terrorism on January 24.

Suthep, whose protest movement paralysed Bangkok for months and led to the toppling of the elected government in May 2014, was formally charged alongside eight other Democrat Party politicians.

They were charged with "treason, illegal gathering, and incitement," said the state prosecutor's deputy spokesman Prayut Petkhun.

Suthep and Chumpon Julsai, a former Democrat MP, were also convicted of terrorism, he told reporters.

The protests against former premier Yingluck Shinawatra were marred by violence that left 28 people dead. The Thai military quelled the unrest and then seized power to lead the country until now.-VNA