PAD airports trial adjourned to July 29
- Published: 29/04/2013 at 03:19 PM
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The Criminal Court on Monday adjourned until July 29 the examination of evidence and defendants in the case filed by the prosecutors against 96 leading members of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) over the seizure of Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports in 2008.
The court's decision came after the 96 PAD defendants, indicted on terrorism, illegal assembly, emergency decree violation and other charges reported in person for the first hearing.
Courtroom No704, the largest at the Criminal Court, was used for this purpose, given the large number of defendants.
The defendants then asked the court to postpone the hearing, which was intended to examine evidence and for the defendants to give preliminary testimony. The defendants submitted that they had not appointed lawyers to fight for them in court and needed some time to do so.
The prosecutors made no objection to the request.
The court decided to adjourn the hearing to July 29, between 9am-4.30pm, because the defendants did not yet have lawyers to present their defence.
In 2008, the PAD staged six months of protests in Bangkok to oust the government of the People's Power Party, whose de facto leader was fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
They seized Government House, the seat of the administration, and occupied the grounds for months.
Their protest culminated with the occupation of the passenger terminals of the capital city's two international airports, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang, resulting in their closure for six days.
The protest came to an end when the Constitution Court disbanded the People's Power Party for election fraud in the 2007 general election.
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