Surachai denied bail

7 04 2011

MCOT News reports that the Criminal Court has rejected a bail application by ‘Red Siam leader Surachai Danwattananusorn who is held on lese majeste charges.

Surachai’s lawyer 1.2 million baht as a bail bond (US$40,000) but this was rejected. The Court made its boringly familiar claim that the charges are serious and the detainee might flee if released. Surachai is 68 years old and has been under threat since late 2008, so flight would seem unlikely.

Surachai reckons he’ll be in jail for a very longtime. Like Da Torpedo (Darunee Charnchoensilpakul), he refuses to admit guilt.

At the same time, the Court decided “to forward the temporary release request of Thanthawut Thaweewarodomkul, webmaster of, to the Appeals Court for its consideration.”