Red shirt leaders thank court

national April 18, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship chairman Jatuporn Promphan thanked the Criminal Court for not revoking his and UDD secretary-general Nuttawut Saikuar's bail.

The Criminal Court decided Friday not to revoke the bail of the two red shirt leaders, as petitioned by the Democrat Party.

The court reasoned that there was no strong evidence to back up allegations by the Democrats that the duo had incited violence during the recent red shirt rally in Nakhon Ratchasima and therefore breached the conditions of their bail.  “I'd like to thank the court of justice, the Criminal Court, which has given justice to me. I thank it from my heart,” Jatuporn said at the UDD headquarters during an Asia Update televised conference.

“I thank the prime minister, my friends in the Cabinet, all the red shirts and democracy lovers who followed the news with concern.

“I thank all the media. We still have the mission and will fight on.”

Nuttawut, the caretaker deputy Commerce Minister, also thanked the court.

“I give my word to the people. This is a promise … [I will] stand by the people on the big day.

“I will work my best in preparation of our ‘Thailand Open Day’. We will stick to our peaceful path – no violence, no confrontation, no use of force or weapons towards the other groups of protesters or security officers.

“Please come out in enormous numbers. Thailand Open Day will be the day to indicate which direction Thailand is going.”

Jatuporn and Nattawut are facing a terrorism charge in connection with the bloody anti government riot in 2010.



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