Pattaya Daily News

05 November 2008 :: 23:11:49 pm 28151

Thai Police File Charges Against Nine Protest Leaders

BANGKOK, Nov 5 - Thailand's national police on Wednesday filed three charges against each of the nine leaders of the anti-government People‘s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) coalition, the protest movement which has occupied Government House for more than two months.
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The three charges filed under the Criminal Code were inciting the public to create insurrection, illegal assembly by over 10 persons, and refusing authorities orders to disperse.

The maximum penalty for the first charge, inciting unrest, is seven years imprisonment. Illegal assembly and refusing to disperse can result in three years jail and a fine of Bt 6,000 or both.

The nine Peoples’ Alliance leaders are Sondhi Limthongkul, Piphop Thongchai, Somsak Kosaisuk, Somkiat Pongpaibul, Suriyasai Katasila, Amorn Amornratananond, Therdphum Jaidee, retired Maj. Gen. Chamlong Srimuang and Chaiwat Sinsuwong.

All nine PAD core leaders were granted bail by the Office of the Attorney General, posted by four senators at Bt100,000 each.

The PAD lawyer filed a complaint with the prosecutors charging that his clients had been treated unfairly by police by being given only a short period of time to fight the charges. Their lawyer said in the document that all nine defendants wished to present more witnesses and documents

to the prosecutors within 30 days, starting from Wednesday.

The prosecutors have set November 18 to consider whether they would either ask for more evidence concerning the case or forward it directly to the court for hearing. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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