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81 protest-related lawsuits filed in 10 days

A POLICE report shows that during 10 days of demonstrations, from October 13 till today October 23, a total of 81 lawsuits have been filed against 77 adults and four youths with 70 bailed out and eight imprisoned, Amarin TV reported this afternoon.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya Tawichai, deputy head of the Metropolitan Police, said of the total of suspects, three are being prosecuted for repeat offenses.

The breakdown of the lawsuits is as follows:

– Violation of the emergency decree, 46 suspects, four of them under the age of 20;

– Charged with gathering together with more than 10 persons and causing chaos (Section 215), 21 suspects;

– Charged with intending to harm the liberty of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, three suspects;

– Accused of committing the offense of inciting provocation (Section 116), 10 suspects;

– Accused of violating an order of an official, one suspect.

While 70 suspects have been bailed out, eight remain imprisoned, one in Chiang Mai, with this being political activist Anon Nampha, and the rest at Bangkok Special Prison. They are all protest leaders such as Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, Mr. Parit Chivarak, or Penguin and Mr. Jarupat  Boonpattararaksa, or Phai Dao Din,

Meanwhile Assistant National Police Chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Jaruwat Waisaya said although the severe emergency in Bangkok area was repealed yesterday, litigation against the suspects will continue

Cases against youths will proceed according to the law at the Central Juvenile and Family Court with punishment to be meted out according to the Children and Youth Act.


Top: Senior police officers giving a summary of lawsuits filed over a 10-day period.  Thai headline says, “Lawsuits filed against 81 rally-goers.” Photo: Amarin TV

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