Reds gathering just 'for justice'
- Published: 4 Aug 2012 at 14.44
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Partisan verbal sparring continued on Saturday over plans for a rally on Thursday at the Criminal Court ahead of its ruling on the bail status of red-shirt co-leader Jatuporn Prompan.
The planned gathering is aimed only at calling for justice for the red-shirt leaders and their colleagues, said Suranand Vejjajiva, secretary-genaral to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.The opposition Democrat Party said the gathering constituted abuse and was intended to pressure the court in the already highly charged case.Democrat MP Thepthai Senpong said the declaration by Tida Tawornseth, chairwoman of the red shirts' United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), in support of the rally was in violation of the law.Mr Suranand said the UDD supporters had a constitutional right of assembly. Anyone can stage a public gathering, as long as their activities take place in a peaceful manner, he added.The Criminal Court is scheduled on Thursday to rule on a petition that it withdraw bail for Mr Jatuporn and 24 others still facing terrorism charges related to the political violence of May 2010.The request for revocation of bail for the former Pheu Thai list MP was filed by the Office of the Constitution Court. It acted after Mr Jatuporn publicly and vociferously criticised its decision to hear five petitions, which it later dismissed, against the government's charter amendment...
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