February 16, 2014 00:00 By Kesinee Taengkhiao
People's Democratic Reform Committee rally leader Sonthiyarn Chhuenruethainaitham was released yesterday on Bt400,000 bail.
The bail was granted after the Criminal Court turned down a Department of Special Investigation (DSI) request to detain Sonthiyarn for 12 days to investigate charges of insurrection. The court, however, allowed the DSI to summon him for questioning.
Sonthiyarn, a former director of Tnews news agency, was in police custody since last Monday when he was arrested for violating the state of emergency decree. The Criminal Court on Thursday rejected a police request to extend the seven-day detention. Yesterday, he was released one day ahead of the seven-day limit on a plea from his lawyer.
Sonthiyarn thanked the court and said people could still depend on the judiciary.
After this, he would go back to work in the media, he said. However, he would consult with his lawyer whether he must report to the DSI next Saturday, according to its summons.
Department of Special Investigation director-general Tarit Pengdith said he respected the court’s decision. It was also good that the bail condition stipulated Sonthiyarn must not instigate people, therefore he could no longer take part in the PDRC rally.