Thai court to rule on bail of "red-shirts" leader

19:44, June 18, 2010      

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Thailand's Criminal Court said on Friday that it has set June 23 to rule on the Department of Special Investigation's (DSI) petition against releasing Jatuporn Prompan on bail, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

Jatuporn, a core leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and opposition Puea Thai Party MP, and fellow Puea Thai MP Karun Hosakul have been charged with terrorism in connection with the recent anti-government rallies.

On June 8 the court, when the DSI sought their detention, released Jatuporn and Karun on bail of one million baht (30,864 U. S. dollars) each and asked them to report to the court on Friday. The first detention period expires on Sunday, June 20.

On Friday morning, the DSI sought the court permission to detain Jatuporn and Karun for another 12 days from June 20 to July 1 and submitted a petition to oppose bail for Jatuporn.

The court on Friday released the two on bail and, following an examination of witnesses, set June 23 to make a decision on the DSI's objection to the bail for Jatuporn.

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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