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29 June 2011 :: 10:06:30 am 55590

Court rejects Red leader’s request for temporary release to vote in election

BANGKOK, June 28 – Thailand’s Criminal Court on Tuesday rejected a request for bail from key leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) Jatuporn Prompan who sought temporary release from jail to vote in the July 3 general election, saying there is no reason to change an earlier court verdict.
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The court cited a previous court decision which refused to grant him bail and stated that there were no new grounds for reconsidering the request. Mr Jatuporn, a former member of parliament, is now a party list candidate for the opposition Pheu Thai Party.

Upon learning the court’s decision, Mr Jatuporn’s lawyer Winyat Chartmontri said he will clarify to the Election Commission (EC) as to the reason why Mr Jutuporn could not vote, otherwise his voting absence may deprive him of his right to apply for a parliamentary candidacy in the future. According to the lawyer, the clarification can be submitted to the EC seven days before and after the polling date. Attorney Winyat said he would resubmit an appeal against the court’s decision.

Mr Jatuporn was detained on terrorism charges at Bangkok Remand Prison after the Criminal Court revoked his bail on May 12. Bail for Mr Jatuporn was withdrawn after the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) told the court that the Red Shirt leader had breached bail conditions and was alleged to have insult the country’s revered monarchy while addressing the UDD’s supporters from the Red Shirt stage on April 10.

He was among the Red Shirt leaders who were charged with terrorism after last year’s anti-government protests turned violent and ended on May 19 with grenades, gunfire and arson attacks in the capital and some provinces in the North and Northeast.

Report by : MCOT

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