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30 July 2010 :: 16:07:24 pm 33850

“Non-Violent” Red Shirt Leader Given Bt6 Million Bail

Thailand’s Court of Appeals on Friday granted bail to key Red Shirt leader Veera Musikapong following his posting of Bt6 million as bail bond. Mr. Musikapong had been detained on various terrorism charges relating to the recent 10-week long political protests in Bangkok.
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Bangkok, the 30th of July 2010: Restricted from travel outside of Bangkok, banned from being involved in a public gathering of more than five people and ordered to report to court every 15 days, Mr. Musikapong was released from Bangkok Remand Prison on Friday.

Classified as a “non violent” Red Shirt leader and the noted absence of the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) in opposing his bail bid is alleged to have swayed the courts decision to grant him restricted bail.

The decision came as the Prime Minister’s Secretary-General Korbsak Sabhavasu recently testified that he and Mr. Musikapong had earlier tried to coordinate talks between the government and the protesting Red Shirts during the 2-month long standoff.

Mr. Sabhavasu testified that Mr. Musikapong did not show any signs of wanting to solve the crisis through violent measures, standing down from his position in the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) when the situation in Bangkok descended into violent chaos.

Mr. Musikapong, Mr. Korkaew Pikulthong and Dr. Weng Tojirakarn surrendered themselves to authorities on the 20th of May, one day following the end to the 10-week anti-government protests.

All UDD leaders have since been charged with various terrorism offences as the political rallies descended into violent acts, arson and grenade attacks in the capital and some north and northeastern provinces. All are now being detained in Bangkok Remand Prison, except Mr. Jatuporn Prompan has also been granted conditional bail, as he is a member of parliament for the opposition Peau Thai Party.

Thailand’s Criminal Court earlier this month rejected a second bail bid for 11 detained anti-government Red Shirt leaders after it had denied the first bail attempt on June 15. The court cited concerns over their possible flight to evade prosecution as the reason for the denial.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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