FOUR protest leaders held in pretrial detention since last Tuesday (Feb 9) were denied bail for the second time while the issuing of an order to prosecute 18 other protest leaders and followers was postponed to March 8, Sanook.com reported today (Feb. 17).
People’s Party members had assembled at the Attorney General’s Office on Ratchadapisek road where the prosecutor was to give his order to prosecute the 18 suspects on charges of breaching the emergency decree for the demonstration on September 19-20, 2020.
Three of them, Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, Mr. Jarupat Boonpattararaksa, or Phai Dao Din, and Mr. Panupong Chadnok, or Mike, also face charges under Section 112 of the Criminal Code, known as the lese majeste law.
Although 17 of them arrived on time to hear the order, with Jarupat delayed while travelling there, the prosecutor postponed giving his order to prosecute them to March 8, 2021.
After that the members of this group walked down to the Criminal Court which is also on Ratchadapisek road to hear the verdict on a second application to bail out student leader Mr Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, lawyer Anon Nampa, Mr. Somyot Prueksakasemsuk and Mr Patiwat Saraiyaem, also known as “Mor Lam Bank”. They have been held under pretrial detention since last Tuesday February 9.
However the court rejected their bail appeal.
Meanwhile prosecutors also postponed to March 25 the hearing to be attended by 13 suspects in another case stemming from the rally at the German embassy late year who face charges of violating both Section 112 of the Criminal Code and Section 116.
Top: Penguin, Anon, Somyot and Patiwat during the first bail hearing on Monday Feb. 15. Photo: Thai Rath
Home Page: Sketches of Penguin and Anon. Thai headline says, “Bail denied again.” Photo: Sanook.com