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Pattaya Daily News

18 June 2010 :: 12:06:09 pm 25784

Foreign Red Shirts Indicted after 30-Day Bangkok Detention

The Australian and Brit detained for their involvement in the recent 2-month long political protests in the Thai capital have finally been indicted after serving 30-days in a remand prison whilst investigations were carried out.
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Bangkok, the 17th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Public prosecutors on Thursday indicted a Briton and an Australian for breaching Thailand’s ‘state of emergency decree’ by instigating and inciting chaos at the recent Red Shirt anti-government protests. In addition the pair has been accused of significantly disturbing/obstructing traffic and the ‘public’s daily life.’

At present both suspects, Mr. Jeff Savage [48] from Britain and Australian national Mr. Conor Purcell [30] have denied the charges, pleading not-guilty in front of a district judge. They were tried separately at Bangkok’s Pathumwan District Court on Thursday whilst no bail was requested by either of the suspects. As such both men were later sent for detention at the Bangkok Remand Prison.

Allegedly Mr. Savage had asked the court to deport him back to Britain rather than detain him on charges that were political not criminal. Mr. Savage was arrested after video footage appeared of him stating that he was going to loot and burn down the Central World shopping center in Bangkok, less than 24hrs later the shopping complex was burnt to the ground. Mr. Savage was eventually arrested outside the TV3 broadcasting station as protesters set fire to the building.

The detention of Mr. Purcell relates to a series of incendiary speeches that he gave on the main Ratchaprasong stage of the Red Shirt protesters were he allegedly lambasted the government, military and ‘inciting violence.’ The Australian allegedly voiced his objection to the Thai court regarding his detention amongst rapists and murderers when he hasn’t been charged with anything.

Both men will now be remanded in detention until their hearing date which is set for August.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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