A protest at the coup-installed parliament in 2008 was aimed purely at stopping the enactment of laws that gave the military hegemonic power and undermined the rights of the people, Jon Ungphakorn, the first defendant in the "parliament climb-and-sit-in" case, has told the court.
Mr Jon, along with nine other labour, community and consumer rights and media reform activists first reported to hear charges on Jan 22, 2008, 10 days after the protest. It was not until nearly three years later the prosecution took the case to the court, in December 2010.
Charges against the well-known human rights defenders were brought under the Criminal Code. All defendants face up to seven-years' imprisonment if found guilty.
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