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Court allows Nuttawut and Jatuporn to remain free on bail

The Criminal Court decided yesterday not to revoke the bail of red-shirt leaders Jatuporn Promphan and Nuttawut Saikuar as petitioned by some Democrats.

Jatuporn, chairman of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), along with caretaker Commerce Minister Nattawut, who is also UDD secretary-general, are out on bail on charges of rebellion for their role in events culminating in the 2010 military crackdown on red-shirt protesters.

Satit Pitutacha, a former Democrat MP, filed a petition early this month for their bail to be cancelled, alleging that they had breached their bail condition by leading a red-shirt rally in Nakhon Ratchasima on February 23 and another on April 5 on Bangkok's Aksa Road.

They were accused of inciting violence, thus violating their bail terms. However, the court reasoned that there was no strong evidence to back this accusation, though it warned the two red-shirt leaders to be careful when organising or making speeches in the future.


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