Bail ruling on reds due Friday

The Criminal Court is expected to rule Friday on a petition filed by a Democrat MP to revoke bail granted to six co-leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship charged with terrorism.

  • Published: 30/11/2012 at 12:00 AM
  • Newspaper section: topstories

Democrat MP Nipit Intarasombat has accused Deputy Commerce Minister Nattawut Saikuar, Weng Tojirakarn, Korkaew Pikulthong, Wiphuthalaeng Pattanaphumthai, Karun Hosakul, and Pichet Sukjinda of violating their bail conditions.

Mr Nattawut testified Thursday that since his temporary release on bail, he had only taken part in some peaceful political activities.

In his testimony against the allegations that he led red-shirts to break the "big bag" flood dyke in Don Muang district during last year's flood, Mr Karun denied any wrongdoing.

The plaintiff had submitted a VCD containing footage of the incident in which Mr Karun was accused of leading the destruction of the flood dyke which was seen as a violation of his bail conditions which prohibited him from committing any act to instigate unrest.

Mr Weng also denied violating his bail conditions, saying he was not at the rally outside the Constitution Court ahead of its ruling on the government's charter amendment bid on July 13 when some red-shirt co-leaders were accused of making threats against the judges.

Mr Nipit told a press conference that Mr Korkaew had threatened the court by saying if the judges ruled to suspend the deliberation of the charter amendment bills, the red-shirts would come out and fight "an eye for an eye".

Mr Nipit also quoted Mr Korkaew as saying the red-shirts would never accept the court's ruling if it turned out that way.

The Constitution Court judges lodged a complaint with the Criminal Court that Mr Korkaew threatened and harassed them.

Mr Korkaew's controversial interviews appeared in most newspapers and online news websites, Mr Nipit said.

Mr Korkaew, meanwhile, testified that although he was blunt, he was not a violent person and his comment was just a hypothesis and it did not mean he would actually do as he had said.

Mr Korkaew later told reporters he would submit a full transcript of his interviews as evidence to prove he did not breach his bail conditions when the court resumes its hearing of his case today.

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