4 "red-shirt" leaders indicted by Thai prosecutors

19:55, July 07, 2010      

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Thai prosecutors on Wednesday indicted four anti-government "red-shirt" leaders with the Criminal Court in connection with a protest in front of the Sisao Thewes residence of Privy Council chairman Prem Tinsulanonda in capital Bangkok on July 22, 2007, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

The four -- Veera Musikhapong, 62, Nathawut Saikua, 35, Wiphuthalaeng Pattanaphumthai, 59, and Weng Tojirakarn, 59, are charged with violating Articles 138, 215, 216 of the Criminal Code.

They led thousands of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) members to protest in front of General Prem's residence, calling for him to resign as president of the Privy Council.

They will be taken from the Bangkok Reman Prison, where they are being detained on terrorism charges in connection with the April-May anti-government protests, to testify to the court on Thursday morning.

Three other UDD or "red-shirt" leaders had also been indicted on the same charges but in a separate case.

They are Noparuj Vorachitwuthikul, Veerasak Hemthilin, and Wancha Naphuttha. The court set Oct. 5 for the 1st hearing.

Source: Xinhua


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