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Medical volunteer, seven others held without bail

CHARGES have been filed against the eight persons arrested during last night’s protest with a medical volunteer being among and all are still being detained after bail was denied as they will be taken to court for a pretrial detention hearing tomorrow, Thai Rath newspaper said this afternoon (Feb. 14).

The DNA medical personnel and volunteers team has been updating on the status of the arrested volunteer since last night via their Twitter account @VolunteerMedTH. All eight are being held at the Border Patrol Police Region 1 headquarters in Khlong Luang district, Pathum Thani province.

The DNA team tweeted that the medical volunteer had now recovered and was in good spirits and was ready to fight the charges.

At 10.05 a.m. the medical team tweeted that those members who had gone to pick the arrested volunteer, but who was not released, had all returned safely.

The DNA team said what happened last night would not affect their medical work with their standpoint being that all those injured in a rally had the right to medical care.

Ms. Sasinan Thamanitinan, an attorney at the Lawyers for Human Rights Centre, tweeted via her account @LittleLawyerJ that all the suspects were safe. The medical volunteer had bruises all over his body after having been bashed up with some of the others too injured while being arrested without carrying weapons.

All eight had been denied bail and would be spending the night at this police headquarters as tomorrow they will be taken to court for a hearing on pretrial detention, she said.

She later tweeted again that police had filed charges against all eight suspects and will be pursuing legal action against all of them.

This morning’s top Twitter trend for Thailand was the hashtagged police bashing up doctor but it turned out the suspect arrested is a medical volunteer not a doctor.


Top and Home Page: Scenes from last night’s protest. Photos: Thai Rath



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