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Chaturon out on bail under condition

The military court Friday granted bail to former education minister Chaturon Chaisang on condition that he take no part in any political gatherings or travel overseas without permission.

His 400,000 bail bond was deposited by his wife Chiraporn, the former minister's lawyer Narinpong Chinapak said.

Chaturon was arrested on May 27 after he defied summons from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and decided to hold a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand. He also faces charges of instigating unrest.

Under martial law, the military is authorised to detain anybody who fails to comply with its orders for 12 days, and this 12-day period can be extended seven times before the detainee is prosecuted.

The first 12 days of Chaturon's detention would have ended tomorrow, and though the junta sought to hold him for another 12 days, the court decided to release him on bail.

Other than the cash deposit, the court has set many conditions for Chaturon to comply with while on temporary release. The prohibition includes not leaving the country without permission, not participating in any political gatherings or expressing political views that can be deemed provocative either orally or in writing.


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