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17 August 2010 :: 12:08:56 pm 35518

Seventeen Indicted Red Shirts Deny Charges Before Court

Seventeen of the 19 indicted Red Shirt leaders have appeared before Thailand’s Criminal Court on Monday, denying all charges relating to their role in the anti-government protests in April/May.
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Bangkok, the 16th of August 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: On the 11th of August the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) indicted 19 of the 25 key leaders and supporters involved in the recent political unrest that plagued the capital and several other provinces.

Appearing before the Criminal Court, Veera Musikapong, Natthawut Saikua, Weng Tojirakarn, Korkaew Pikulthong, Khwanchai Praipana, Yoswaris Chuklom, Nisit Sinthuprai, Wiphuthalaeng Pattanaphumthai, Pichet Sukchindathong, Suksek Polsue, Jaran Loipoon, Amnat Inthachote, Chaiyut Laicharoen, Sombat Makthong, Surachai Thewarat, Rachata Wongyod and Yongyuth Thuammee, denied all charges being levelled against them.

Excluding Mr. Musikapong, who is currently released on bail, all suspects arrived to the court having been transported, under heavy guard, from the Bangkok Remand Prison where they are being detained.

Members of Parliament, Jatuporn Prompan and Karun Hosakul, also indicted on terrorism charges, elected to exercise their parliamentary immunity, attending a session of parliament rather than fronting for court with their fellow accused.

Following the court session, it was revealed that a hearing of over 120 defence witnesses has now been scheduled for the 27th of September, marking the start to trial proceedings. All of the accused are facing charges relating to terrorism, inciting violence and breaking the Emergency Decree during the 10-week long anti-government protests in Bangkok.

At present six Red Shirt leaders and key figures have yet to be indicted by the OAG as they have avoided apprehension by Thai authorities. Still fugitive are, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Arisman Pongruengrong, Payap Panket, Adisorn Piangket, Waipote Arpornrat and Suporn Atthawong.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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