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BANGKOK - A court on Thursday postponed the start of the terrorism trial of 24 leaders of red-shirt protests that rocked Bangkok in 2010 until next month because one of the defendants was ill. 

Thai Red Shirt leader Nattawut Saikuar, now deputy commerce minister, addresses media representatives as he arrives at a criminal court in Bangkok on November 29, 2012. The court has postponed the start of the terrorism trial of 24 leaders of "Red Shirt" protests that rocked Bangkok in 2010 until next month because one of the defendants is ill.

The accused, who include five current lawmakers, could in theory face the death penalty for their roles in the rallies, which at their height drew around 100,000 people, mostly supporters of ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

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