January 11, 2012 00:00 By The Nation
File photo : Anan
The Cabinet yesterday approved Bt46 million to bail out 57 red-shirt activists and supporters remanded in connection with the 2010 political unrest and riots.
Pitthaya Jinawat, director general of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, said his agency had proposed the budget request because its “Justice Fund” had only Bt36 million left.
The fund is used to provide financial aid to poor people facing legal problems.
The 57 suspects were among 61 common members of the red-shirt movement and ordinary protesters detained at eight prisons – mostly in the Northeast – on charges ranging from violating the emergency decree to rioting, committing arson and pursuing terrorism.
The other four had been acquitted.
Of the 57 still held in prison, 21 are in Bangkok, 13 in Mukdahan, nine in Maha Sarakham, five in Chiang Mai, four in Ubon Ratchathani, two each in Nonthaburi and Udon Thani and one in Nakhon Ratchasima.
The Justice Fund was normally used in cases where poor people being sued could hire attorneys, post bail and pay court fees, he added.