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21 August 2010 :: 13:08:38 pm 35994

Freed Australian Red Shirt Supporter re Arrested for Overstaying Visa

An Australian who was arrested for his involvement in violent anti-government street protests in Thailand is to remain in prison.
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Pattaya, 21st August 2010 [Pattaya Daily News] Conor Purcell (30) an ex soldier, who was arrested in April following a roundup of suspects involved in Thailand’s red shirt movement which left more than 50 dead and hundreds injured, was escorted to the court in Bangkok yesterday, where he had been detained since his arrest on charges of violating emergency laws imposed by the Thai government.

 

Purcell claimed in an interview with the Australian media ABC, that he was merely a peace broker between the military and the anti government protesters during the violent confrontations and that he had been detained only on minor charges. He claimed he was the only person prepared to perform such a duty as rubber bullets and homemade missiles were exchanged between the two groups.

Although Purcell maintained that he was facing only minor charges Australian and several Thai newspapers suggested he would face charges for incitement as well as various immigration offences.

On his arrival in court, Purcell shouted at the unfairness of his treatment.

  

Conor Purcell who was facing three months in prison had his sentence reduced to six weeks after he admitted the charges of breaching The Kingdoms emergency laws. He was freed because of time already served. 

“I feel wonderful as it is really over,” he stated, but his excitement was soon quelled as he was immediately re arrested on charges of overstaying his visa.

Purcell will remain in detention until a decision is made on whether he will be deported or not.

 

Photo by : 

Thmnews, Theage, Dailymail.

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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