Thai police seek court approval to further detain 11 "red-shirts"

14:28, June 15, 2010      

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Thai police on Tuesday took 11 anti-government "red-shirts" to the Criminal Court to ask the court to further detain them on terrorism charges, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

The 11 "red-shirts" 30-day detention period under the emergency decree expired on Tuesday, hence the police needed to seek the court approval under the normal Criminal Procedure Code to further detain them.

At about 8:40 a.m., over 300 commando police brought the 11 anti-government "red-shirts", or also known as the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) people, to the Criminal Court.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post's website quoted Jatuporn Prompan, a UDD core leader, as saying that the 11 "red-shirts" did not ask for amnesty.

The attempt to come up with the amnesty law was a ploy of the government to whitewash ministers, who ordered a killing of protesters, Jatuporn claimed.

Jatuporn was present at the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek road in order to show moral support to the 11 "red-shirts".

Among the 11 suspects include UDD major leaders: Veera Musigkapong, Natthawut Saikua, Nisit Sinthuprai, Kwanchai Praiphana,Yosvarit chooklom or Jeng Dokjig, Weng Tochairakarn, Wiphuthalaeng Pattanaphuthai, and Korkaew Pikulthong.

The death toll from a series of violent clashes between the " red-shirt" UDD protestors and troops during March 12 to May 19 in central Bangkok stood at 88 as some 1,885 others were wounded.

Source: Xinhua


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