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Sonthiyarn out on bail

People's Democratic Reform Committee rally leader Sonthiyarn Chuenruethainaitham was released Saturday on Bt400,000 bail.

The bail was granted after the Criminal Court had approved the Department of Special Investigation's request to detain Sonthiyarn for 12 days to investigate charges of insurrection. The DSI can summon him for questioning.

Sonthiyarn, a former director of Tnews news agency, was in police custody since last Monday when he was arrested under the state of emergency. 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.


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