Thai court rejects "red-shirt" leader's bail request

22:02, July 19, 2010      

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Thailand's Appeals Court on Monday rejected a lawyer's request to release on bail "red-shirt" core leader Korkaew Pikulthong to campaign in Bangkok's Constituency 6 by-election.

The Bangkok post's website reported that the court said it was concerned that Korkaew, who has faced terrorism charges, would flee after the release.

The terrorism charges in connection with the recent violent anti-government movements carry a possible death sentence.

"Red-shirt" lawyer Kamrom Pontaklang, who represented Korkaew, requested his bail so Korkaew could campaign ahead of the Sunday's Bangkok by-election.

But, this second request of releasing Korkaew on bail was refused by the Criminal Court.

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

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

The Bangkok Constituency 6 covers three districts of capital Bnagkok including Nong Chok, Khlong Samwa, and Bueng Kum district.

The Democrat Party is the country's leading ruling party, which is led by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Source: Xinhua


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