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25 June 2010 :: 10:06:22 am 27351

Red Shirt Leader Released to Register for Bangkok Election

Thailand’s Criminal Court on Thursday approved the temporary release of a detained Red Shirt leader till the 28th of June, allowing him to register as the Puea Thai Party’s candidate in the upcoming Bangkok by-election.
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Bangkok, the 24th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The court decided to accept the request made by a United Frond for Democracy against Dictatorship legal representative, releasing Mr. Korkaew Pikulthong temporarily, stating that the detainee must return to prison following the conclusion of his registration of candidacy in the election.

Mr. Pikilthong was the nominated candidate put forward by the government opposition Puea Thai Party on Wednesday. The by-election, scheduled for the 25th of June, is to replace the constituency 6 seat vacated by late Democrat MP Thiwa Ngernyuang, who recently died of cancer.

Since the conclusion of the Red Shirt protests in May Mr. Pikilthong has been detained at the Bangkok Remand Prison having handed himself in to police along with several fellow key Red Shirt leaders.

The successful negotiation of the temporary release, handled by UDD lawyers, called two witnesses to the court to testify that the Puea Thai Party request was genuine and that Mr. Pikilthong would not attempt to escape. Testimonies were provided by Puea Thai Party leader Yongyuth Vichaidit, party Secretary-General Sunee Luangwichit and several other party legal staff.

Puea Thai Party members were originally lining up another UDD leader, Mr. Natthawut Saikua, as the proposed nominee for the election, after fellow UDD leader and current PTP member Jutaporn Prompan gave him the nod. A change of selection was taken due to the fear that Mr. Saikua may not be eligible for selection as he is not a native of Bangkok, but of Nakhon Sri Thammarat.

Having successfully negotiated the temporary release from prison, Mr. Korkaew will now have to contest the election against rival Democratic Party candidate Panich Vikitsreth, who is currently Thailand’s Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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