Good news for some red shirts

16 08 2011

PPT sounded alarm bells on the Yingluck Shinawatra administration and lese majeste a couple of days ago. Today, however, some good news.

The advent of the new administration at least seems to have some impact for some of the red shirts long held in prison without bail following the events of May 2010. The Nation reports that the “Udon Thani Provincial Court on Tuesday approved the temporary release of 22 red suspects charged for involving in the torching of the provincial hall last May.”

While the bail was set high – at 1 million baht for each suspect – 9 Puea Thai Party members of parliament from Udorn “used their positions as surety to free the suspects.” These 22 are already undergoing trial as it is reported that the “court has already concluded the hearing of witnesses and scheduled to hand down the verdict in October.”

The report adds that a further “110 red shirts have presently been remanded, including those in Ubon Ratchathani Khon Kaen and Mahasarakham.” Hopefully others will soon be freed on bail in order to be able to fight their cases.

That should also apply to those charged with lese majeste who are held without bail and are unable to mount proper defenses.



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17 08 2011
Jatuporn on lese majeste, bail and compensation | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] In that Post report, Jatuporn also revealed that “more than 100 red-shirt supporters who were arrested in connection with the protests still  remain in prison. At least 17 MPs had offered to use their MP status as collateral to support requests for bail for the inmates… [and a] group of businessmen had said they would stand surety for up to a total of 100 million baht for  bail…”. In another story at the Post, there is more on this. This development follows the bailing of red shirts in Udorn. […]

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