Thai authority seeks detention of 2 opposition MPs with terrorism charges

15:33, June 18, 2010      

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The Thai Justice Ministry's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on Friday filed a request with the Criminal Court, asking it for the 2nd time to detain two opposition MPs -- the suspects with terrorism charges, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

The two -- Jatuporn Prompan and Karun Hosakul, who are the MPs of the opposition Puea Thai Party, are also the anti-government core leaders.

On June 8, the court granted bail to Jatuporn and Karun after the two posted one million baht (30,883 U.S. dollars) in cash as guarantee each.

Also, the DSI has opposed a bail of Jatuporn since he allegedly led a group of "red-shirts" supporters to pressure and obstruct officials during transference of 11 "red-shirts" suspects from the Naresuan Border Patrol Police Camp in Cha-Am district of central Phetchaburi province to the Bangkok Remand Prison on June 15.

Lawyer representing the "red-shirts" group has opposed the DSI' s request to detain the pair, according to the Bangkok Post's website.

The 11 "red-shirts" suspects together with Jatuporn and Karun have been charged with terrorism charges in connection with the recent anti-government rallies in central Bangkok.

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

Source: Xinhua


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