No interference will be allowed to derail the bail hearing for 19 red-shirt leaders on August 22, and a ruling will be made on that day, Criminal Court director-general Thawee Prachuablarb insisted yesterday.
Thawee said the court would be ready to deal with the anticipated large turnout of red-shirt supporters, who are expected to outnumber the crowd that showed up for Wednesday’s hearing, at which the court deferred its ruling. The court will consider various pieces of evidence, as well as a claim by one red-shirt co-leader that a video recording of a rally speech used in the litigation may have been doctored.
Thida Thavornseth, chairwoman of the red-shirt Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship (DAAD), meanwhile reiterated the movement’s readiness to accept the ruling.
The court will decide whether to revoke the bail of red-shirt leaders on grounds that they violated the bail’s terms by defaming the Constitution Court. Bail was granted to the red shirts in relation to terrorism charges connected to the 2010 red-shirt uprising.
Thida thanked red shirts for being peaceful at their gathering this week and urged them to behave in a similar fashion on August 22. She said red shirts should be vigilant against rumours, such as one that spread on Wednesday claiming that red leaders had already been detained, prompting some supporters to threaten to climb the fence of the court. She urged the court to rethink its order banning loudspeakers, saying their use could prevent chaos.
The DAAD leader said she was particularly concerned about the fate of Yoswarit Chooklom, aka Jeng Dokjik, assistant to the secretary of the interior minister, who used the strongest of words in his criticism of the Constitution Court.