Thai PAD man gets 2-year suspended jail term for attempted murder in 2008

18:42, August 16, 2010      

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A Thai yellow-shirt People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) supporter on Monday got a suspended jail term for his attempted murder on Oct.7, 2008, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

According to Thailand's Criminal Court, the guilty yellow shirt supporter was among the other PAD supporters, who rallied in front of Parliament in capital Bangkok on Oct. 7, slammed his pick-up truck at policemen.

The Bangkok Post's website reported that the yellow shirt supporter is identified as Mr. Preecha Treecharoon, 53.

On Oct. 7 as police personnel were firing tear gas at the PAD protestors in front of the Parliaement and at the nearby Royal Plaza in a bid to disperse them, Preecha hit and wounded five policemen on duty with his pick-up truck he was driving.

One of the policemen, Pol Lt Kriangkrai Tangsamee, of Bangkok's Tao Poon police station, sustained a broken leg.

During the incident several PAD protestors, including Preecha, were injured by the tear gas.

The Criminal Court found Preecha guilty of the attempted murder as charged and sentenced him to three years and six months in jail.

However, according to the court's ruling, since Preecha had never been punished for any crime, the jail sentence for him has been suspended for two years.

Preecha has been ordered to report himself to the Criminal Court every three months. Also, the penalty for him includes 48 hours of public service.

The PAD or "yellow-shirt" group, which is one of Thailand's active political groups, staged a series of protests on Bangkok streets in late 2008 in the climax of their protests to pressure the Somchai Wongsawat-led Government to step down.



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