Thai Appeals Court grants bail to "red-shirt" Veera

16:33, July 30, 2010      

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Thailand's Appeals Court on Friday granted bail to "red-shirt" core leader Veera Musikhapong charged with terrorism, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

The court's decision to temporarily release Veera was made after his lawyer posted 6 million baht (186,162 U.S. dollars) for the request to free Veera on bail.

The court has required the core leader of the "red-shirts," also known as the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) group, to report to the court every 15 days.

Also, Veera is not allowed either to travel outside Thailand's capital Bangkok, or to go abroad, or to host any public gathering.

Veera resigned as the UDD chairman and stopped attending the recent UDD-led protest at the Ratchaprasong Intersection in central Bangkok.

On May 19, shortly after the over-two-month long UDD protest was ended by troops, Veera contacted police to surrender.

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

Source: Xinhua


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