Court grants bail to 4 protest leaders held over unrest

Court grants bail to 4 protest leaders held over unrest

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Panupong "Mike Rayong" Jadnok leads a rally outside the Finance Ministry on Jan 22, 2012 demanding more state assistance for people affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The Appeal Court granted bail on Wednesday to four leaders of the anti-government protest movement, their lawyer said, after more than a month in pre-trial detention over unrest at recent demonstrations against the prime minister.

The student-led rallies have gathered steam since late June, when the movement that sought army-backed premier Prayut Chan-o-cha's removal last year returned with broader support from other political groups and people angered by a worsening coronavirus crisis.

There are 767 people facing charges relating to protests since July, with 522 arrested so far, according to police, who have used tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to break up several of the recent demonstrations.

Panupong "Mike Rayong" Jadnok, Phromsorn "Fah" Weerathamjaree, Chartchai Kaedum and Nutchanon Pairoj were arrested after an Aug 2 protest and the granting of their bail followed seven unsuccessful requests.

"The four will be released under the condition that they have to wear EM (electronic monitoring) ankle bracelets," Krisadang Nutcharat, one of their lawyers, told Reuters.

Another protest leader Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak was also given bail but was remanded in custody over charges related to protests last year, his lawyer said. Several other core leaders remain in detention awaiting trial. 

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