Anti-govt activist released on bail, but told 'don't do it again'

Anti-govt activist released on bail, but told 'don't do it again'

The Criminal Court on Saturday granted bail to one of two anti-government activists charged with intending to do harm against Her Majesty the Queen's liberty.

Bunkueanun Paothong, a university student, was released on bail with a surety of 200,000 baht on condition he must not repeat the offence. According to the court, the suspect posed no flight risks.

Mr Bunkueanun and Ekkachai Hongkangwan were arrested last week following the Oct 14 incident involving the motorcade of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti that travelled past the demonstrators outside Government House.

Both were charged under Section 110 of the Criminal Code with intending harm against Her Majesty the Queen's liberty. The offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Mr Ekkachai's family prepared government bonds worth 1 million baht but did not have other required documents. The bail request was not filed and he was taken back to the Bangkok Remand Prison after office hours closed.

Meanwhile, protest leader Panupong "Mike" Jadnok who had posted Facebook messages inviting supporters to gather, was arrested by plainclothes police at about 8.40pm yesterday in the Ramkhamhaeng area after the latest protest dispersed.

Earlier, the Pathumwan District Court yesterday released 11 protesters who were arrested on charges of illegal assembly under the emergency decree at the Pathumwan rally last Friday. The court dismissed a police request for the detention of eight demonstrators on grounds the suspects had permanent residences and did not pose a flight risk.

The court, meanwhile, granted bail to the other three protesters. The three -- Chinnawat Chankrachang, Thatthep Ruangprapaikitseree, and Sombat Thongyoi -- were released on bail for a surety of 20,000 baht each.

Also, the Criminal Court yesterday denied bail to Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk, leader of the June 24 Democracy Group, who was arrested in connection with the anti-government protest on Sept 19-20. The court said there were grounds to believe the suspect would repeat the offence with which he was accused.

At 4pm yesterday the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights Centre reported that 72 people had been detained in connection with the protests from Oct 13 to 17.

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