Court grants bail to 8 PDRC leaders after two nights behind bars
The Appeal Court on Friday granted bail to eight former leaders of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) under the stipulation that they do not leave the country without prior permission.
Suthep Thaugsuban, Nataphol Teepsuwan, Chumpol Julasai, Buddhipongse Punnakanta, Thaworn Senniam, Issara Somchai, Suwit Thongprasert and Samdin Lertbut walked out of the Bangkok Remand prison to be greeted by other PDRC leaders, Palang Pracharath members and supporters.
The eight are among 26 people who were sentenced and detained on Wednesday for their role in street protests that resulted in the May 2014 coup, which ousted Yingluck Shinawatra’s government.
They were indicted on several charges, including insurrection, criminal association, illegal assembly and obstructing voters during street protests between November 2013 and May 2014.
The bail guarantee paid per person was up to Bt800,000, and their lawyer Sawat Charoenpol said they will appeal their sentences because their street protests were in line with the Constitution.