Core leaders of Thailand's "red-shirt" movement put in jail

15:25, May 12, 2011      

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The Thailand's Criminal Court on Thursday ruled to revoke bail for two "red-shirt" core members -- Jatuporn Promphan and Nisit Sinthuprai, sending them back to jail.

The two were among nine members who were charged with terrorism after the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) had staged violent protests during March-May last year.

The seven other were Veerakarn Musikhapong, Natthawut Saikua, Weng Tojirakarn, Korkaew Pikulthong, Kwanchai Sarakham, Yossawaris Chuklom, aka Jeng Dokchik, and Wiphuthalaeng Pattanaphumthai.

Prosecutors asked the Criminal Court to revoke bails for all nine reasoning that the speeches they made on a UDD's rally stage on April 10 breached bail conditions and that they committed lese majesty on their comments.

UDD leaders and supporters were charged with terrorist offences after May-19 dispersal of the demonstration, which claimed about 91 lives and injured nearly 1,900.

Late February the Criminal Court granted the temporary release of detained "red-shirt" leaders after their bail requests were earlier rejected several times since being detained last May, but banned them from leaving the country or inciting their supporters to stir unrest.

The Criminal Court ruled Thursday that parts of the speeches made by Jatuporn and Nisit could lead to chaos in the country and were in breach of the bail conditions. As a result, the court handed down a verdict to withdraw bails for both of them but dropped petition of bail revocation against the seven others.

After the ruling, Jatuporn and Nisit were taken from the court to the Bangkok Remand Prison for detention.

Prosecutors have sought to revoke bail for Jatuporn, "red-shirt " core leader and an opposition Puea Thai Party MP, for several times but the attempts failed and Jatuporn had stayed out on bail as he had parliamentary immunity. However, now that the House has been dissolved, Jatuporn has also lost his parliamentary immunity.

Source: Xinhua
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