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10 August 2010 :: 16:08:43 pm 34919

DSI Submit Red Shirt Cases to AGO for Consideration

Thailand’s Department of Special Investigations (DSI) on Monday submitted their investigation reports regarding 17 anti-government Red Shirt leaders to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) Special Litigation Department for consideration.
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Bangkok, the 9th of August 2010: DSI Chief Tharit Pengdit and a team of investigators submitted 42 files of investigation reports to the AGO on Monday. The reports contain over 15,000 pages of documents and information pertaining to 17 Red Shirt leaders involved with the April/May anti-government protests in the Thai capital.

Out of the 17 suspects, Veera Musikapong is the only leader to have been granted bail following appeal of the initial rejection by the Thai Criminal Court. Jatuporn Prompan and Sathaporn Maneerat are protected by the MP immunity laws at present, but will be requested to sit at a hearing of the agency’s decision on November 29, when the parliamentary session ends.

There are seven leaders currently being detained by police; Somchai Paiboon, Pichet Sukchindathong, Yoswaris Chuklom (Jeng Dokchik), Natthawut Saikua, Khwanchai Praipana, Nisit Sinthuprai and Weng Tojirakarn, currently in detention at the Bangkok Remand prison.

Seven further Red Shirt leaders; Ms Siriwan Nimitsilp, Arisman Pongruengrong, Payap Panket, Suporn Atthawong, Waipot Arpornrat, Wisa Kanthap and Ms Paijit Aksornnarong have evaded apprehension and remain fugitive.

Cases brought against the 17 anti-government protesters relate to their alleged roles in inciting and commanding Red Shirt supporters in various acts or ‘violence’ and ‘terrorism’ during the course of the recent political protests in Bangkok.

These incidents include the storming of Parliament House on April 7th, a confrontation at the First Army Region Headquarters on April 10th, the invasion of the Thaicom satellite TV station in Pathum Thani on the same day and actions leading to the complete blockage of traffic leading to Phra Pinklao Bridge.

In response to the filing of the DSI reports, United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship lawyer, Karom Ponthaklang, relayed that all his clients have denied all charges and are willing to contest them in court. Mr. Ponthaklang subsequently submitted documents asking for the questioning of over 120 defence witnesses and the admission of a Parliamentary debate recording for consideration.

Meanwhile, the detention of terrorism suspect and Red Shirt leader Somchai Paiboon is due to expire on Wednesday, with prosecutors being pressured to make a decision on the case before that date.

In other Red Shirt news, the Thai Appeals Court is currently deliberating the requested bail of leader Dr. Weng Tojirakarn after an earlier Criminal Court had rejected his application.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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