THE Justice Ministry has given prominent former anti-government protester Chitpas “Tant” Kridakon until June 11 to explain why she qualifies for bail assistance, given her family’s wealthy status.
The family reportedly disowned Chitpas when she was among leaders of People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) rallies against the Yingluck Shinawatra government in 2013. Chitpas submitted a request for bail assistance to the Justice Fund on May 28, the ministry’s deputy permanent secretary, Thawatchai Thaikhiew, said yesterday. Pointing out that the fund was established primarily to reduce social inequality by ensuring equal access to justice for |poor and low-income people facing prosecution, Thawatchai said Chitpas had until June 11 to prove she qualifies for aid.
Chitpas and other core PDRC members were indicted earlier this year on eight criminal charges, including treason and terrorism, for their role in the so-called “Bangkok shutdown” protest of 2013.