15 anti-government detainees freed on bail

15 anti-government detainees freed on bail

The 15 alleged members of an anti-government group are brought to a media briefing at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on Friday. (Photo by Seksan Rojjanametakun)
The 15 alleged members of an anti-government group are brought to a media briefing at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on Friday. (Photo by Seksan Rojjanametakun)

A military court has approved bail for the 15 anti-government suspects who were previously thought to have been involved in the multiple bombings on Aug 11-12.

Their lawyer Thanadej Puangpoon said on Monday the Bangkok Military Curt had granted bail for his clients with a surety of 100,000 baht each. They were released later from the Bangkok Remand Prison in the evening.

The court prohibited them from travelling overseas, engaging in any political activity and expressing their political views, Mr Thanadej said. 

The military said on Thursday the 15 were suspects in the deadly attacks in Prachuap Khiri Khan and six other southern provinces. But Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon and the police chief later said they had been arrested for forming a group with communist ideology called the Revolutionary Front for Democracy Party last year to campaign against the government, not for the bombings.

Soldiers earlier detained a total of 17 suspects involved with the movement but later released two of them. They have been charged with running an illegal secret organisation under Section 209 of the Criminal Code and violating the NCPO ban on political gatherings.

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