With 3 updates: PAD warriors jailed

30 12 2010

The Nation reports: “The Criminal Court Thursday convicted 85 guards of the People’s Alliance for Democracy in raiding the NBC station in August 2008. The court gave various jail terms to the PAD guards, known as Srivichai warriors, from 6 months to two years and six months. Jail terms for three of them were suspended as they are minor.” More details as they emerge.

This as other yellow shirts are arrested and held in Cambodia after going with Democrat Party MP Panich Vikitsreth to “inspect” the border in Sa Kaeo. According to the Thai government, they were inside Cambodian territory by several hundred meters when arrested. Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya is apparently riding to their rescue while Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has called for the “immediate and unconditional release.”

Update 1: The Bangkok Post reports that the charges against the 85 PAD guards “varied from illegal assembly, instigating unrest, armed trespass at  night, causing damage to public property, illegal use of firearms, and illegal use of communication radio.” It adds these details:

PAD guards at the 2008 airport seizure

Most of the defendants were found guilty of illegal assembly and trespassing. The court sentenced defendant No 1 to a combined two years and six months jail term; and, defendants No 2, 39 and 80 to one year and six month and a fine of 500 baht each. Defendants Nos 3-29, 31-38, 40-41, 43-46, 48-79, and 82 were sentenced to one year and six months in jail. Defendants Nos 30, 47, and 81, were each given one year’s imprisonment. Defendants Nos 83-85 were sentenced to nine months each in jail. Since defendants Nos 30, 47, 81, and 83-85 are still under 20 years old and have never before been given a  jail sentence, their jail terms are suspended for two years….

There are no details yet regarding appeals.

Update 2: Siam Voices has a round-up on the arrests in Cambodia story.

Update 3: Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya returned from Cambodia, admitting that ” a survey by officials from the Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs and the Royal Thai Survey Department found that the group, which included Democrat MP Panich Vikitsreth and yellow-shirt activist Veera Somkwamkid, were about a kilometre inside Cambodia.”


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