On Thursday, 5 Red Shirt MPs presented themselves at Ratchada Criminal Court to determine whether they acted in violation of their bail terms earlier this year during public speeches made while the Constitutional Court was considering the legality of the government’s planned charter amendments.
Korkaew Pikulthong, Dr Weng Tojirakarn, Karun Hosakul, Wophuthalaeng Pattanaphumthai, and Nattawut Saikuar, will return to court on Friday afternoon when the judge could decide to revoked their bail. Korkaew was asked to submit to further questioning in the morning.
The 5 MPs are part of a group of 24 Red Shirts who face “terrorism” charges for alleged conduct during the April-May protests in 2010. The trial was also set to start today but was postponed till the 13th of December because one of the accused was too ill to attend.
Of the 24 defendants, 12 are co-leaders of the UDD, including former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, currently in exile. The other 12 are former guards of the deceased Red Shirt General Khattiya Sawasdipol, popularly known as “Seh Daeng”, who was shot in the head by a sniper on May 13th, 2010. The Red Shirt leaders’ charges relate to speeches made during the protests in the spring of 2010. With the exception of Thaksin, all defendants have been released on bail.
One Red Shirt said,
The Red Shirt Leaders face serious charges that could have serious sentences. It shows the double standards in the Thai judicial system. They are at an immediate disadvantage for being Red…We have come today to show our support and we are determined to continue the fight for justice