Lawyer to seek bail release for "red-shirts" leader

14:38, June 28, 2010      

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A "red-shirt" lawyer said on Monday that he is going to appeal with Thailand's Criminal Court to release leading opposition Pheu Thai Party (PT) candidate Kokaew Pikultong temporarily to enable him to campaign for the Bangkok by-election on July 25, the Nation online reported.

The court will be asked to either let Kokaew come out of the prison one or two days a week to campaign, or to release him on bail until the election is held, "red-shirts" lawyer Kharom Polthaklang said.

Kharom said he will have yet to consult with the Pheu Thai Party, which option of the bail request should be submitted to the court.

Kokaew, an anti-government "red-shirts" leader is currently in jail in the Bangkok Remand Prison as a terrorism suspect in connection with the recent "red-shirts" protests in central Bangkok.

Kokaew was taken back to the prison after he registered his candidacy at the Klong Samwa district in north-east of central Bangkok.

Meanwhile, ruling Democrat Party candidate Panich Wikitsreth also applied to run in the by-election.

Panich got the candidacy No. 1 in the lot drawing at 08:30 a.m. local time. Kokaew got No. 4.

On June 15, the weekly cabinet meeting approved the July 25 by- election for the Bangkok Constituency 6 as per a proposal of the country's Election Commission (EC).

The by-election is planned to fill the vacant House seat left by ruling Democrat MP Tiva Ngernyuang, who passed away recently.

The Bangkok Constituency 6 covers three districts: Bong Chok, Khlong Samwa, and Bueng Kum District.

Source: Xinhua


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