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Court revokes arrest warrants against 18 rally leaders

The Criminal Court has revoked the arrest warrants for People's Democratic Reform Committee chief Suthep Thaugsuban and 17 PDRC core leaders on charges of violating the emergency decree, PDRC lawyer Sawat Charoenpol said yesterday.

The court on February 5 approved the arrest warrants for the 18 PDRC leaders on charges of violating Article 11 and 12 of the emergency decree as requested by the Department of Special Investigation.

Sawat said after the caretaker government lifted the state of emergency on March 18, the PDRC petitioned the Criminal Court to revoke their warrants.

Suthep still faces an arrest warrant on charges of sedition.

Students and People's Network for Thailand's Reform (STR) adviser Nitithorn Lamlua and STR coordinator Uthai Yodmani were left with arrest warrants on charges of illegally gathering with more than 10 people, illegal encroachment, assaults and carrying arms at night.

The 17 other PDRC leaders are Satit Wongnongtaey, Chumpol Julasai, Buddhipongse Punnakanta, Isara Somchai, Witthaya Kaewparadai, Thaworn Senneam, Nataphol Teepsuwan, Akanat Promphan, Anchalee Paireerak, Nititorn Lamlua, Uthai Yodmanee, Samdin Lertbutr, Preecha Iamsuphan, Ratchayut Siriyothinphakdee, Kittichai Saisa-ard, Samran Rodphet, and Phansuwan Nakaew.


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