Bangkok 19 case delayed

3 06 2011

According to MCOT News, while it was expected that the Bangkok 19 – all red shirt leaders – were to be charged this week, it seems the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has agreed to “postpone the appearance date for 19 top members of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the Red Shirt movement, for lese majeste charges to July 7…”.

Top political police chief Tharit Pengdit “said DSI earlier summoned 19 leading UDD members to hear lese majeste charges today, but the Red Shirt activists asked for a postponement, saying they must take part in political activities related to the July 3 general election considered crucial for them under their practice of democratic principles.” Ten of the 19 are standing in the election.

It seems odd that the DSI agrees to this while keeping Jatuporn Promphan and Nisit Sinthuprai locked up at the Bangkok Remand Prison. Perhaps the DSI’s definition of democracy has several different standards.




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