Suspended jail terms for Jon, 9 others

The Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced Jon Ungphakorn and nine other activists to prison terms, suspended for two years, for trespassing on the grounds of parliament during a protest in 2007.

  • Published: 28/03/2013 at 01:14 PM
  • Newspaper section: news

Mr Jon, then chairman of the NGO Coordinating Committee, and nine other activists, including Thai media rights advocate Supinya Klangnarong, were accused of inciting unrest and violence after they climbed over the fence and sat down in the compound on Dec 12, 2007.

He told the court in a hearing earlier this year that they wanted to stop the coup-installed National Legislative Assembly (NLA) from passing legislation covering security matters, land and natural resources management.

The court on Thursday sentenced Jon and five other defendants to two years each in prison and a 9,000 baht fine. The sentences were then reduced to one year and four months, suspended for two years, and a 6,000 baht fine.

The four others were each sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of 9,000 baht. Their jail sentences were reduced to four months, suspended for two years, and the fines to 6,000 baht.

Jon Ungphakorn, centre (Post Today Photo)

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