Thai court rejects appeal to release 10 "red-shirt" suspects

19:47, June 29, 2010      

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Thailand's Appeal Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal filed by a lawyer to release 10 leaders and guards of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on bail.

The 10 UDD, or "red-shirt," leaders and guards, who have been detained on terrorism charges in connection with the recent anti- government rallies, may face a maximum penalty of death sentence, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

The Appeal Court's ruling was read at the Criminal Court on Tuesday afternoon that the 10 "red-shirt" suspects could flee if they are freed on bail.

The Bangkok Post's website reported the appeal was filed on Friday, after the Criminal Court approved the Department Special Investigation's (DSI) request to further detain some 11 "red-shirt " leaders and guards for another 12 days until July 8 for further questioning and gathering of evidence.

However, Korkaew Pikulthong, one of the 11 UDD leaders, was not included in the appeal as the lawyer hoped to separately seek his release to campaign in the July 25 by-election.

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



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