A lawyer representing the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), Karom Ponthaklang, said after visiting the five Red Shirt leaders at Bangkok Remand Prison that the protest leaders agreed not to appeal their bail request today.
Mr Karom said the leaders will wait for another ten days, then they will file a complaint against the detention 11 Red Shirt leaders and protest guards.
The attorney reasoned that the case is ‘politically motivated’ and said that the protest leaders want to see developments under reconciliation atmosphere.
The UDD lawyer said he believes that after the ten-day period, it will be easier to request bail, while reaffirming that all 11 detainees will not escape if they are released on bail and that the accused are always ready to fight the case.
Mr Karom added that the five detained leaders are not overly worried about the case, while Mr Veera asked him to convey his message to the government that he wants to see a truly reconciled Thai society.
Mr Veera also said the legal prosecution against Red Shirt leaders and involved persons should be carried out upon existing evidence, not pressing charges which carry heavy penalties despite the lack of strong evidence, said Mr Karom.
The Red Shirt leaders have been charged with terrorism following their protests to demand House dissolution which began March 14 but turned violent with grenades and shooting incidents, leaving at least 89 dead and nearly 1,900 wounded.
Most of the leaders including Jatuporn Prompan, Natthawut Saikua, Kwanchai Praipana surrendered to police on May 19, while other, Veera Musikapong, Weng Tojirakarn and Korkaew Pikulthong turned up few days later.
The Criminal Court early this month granted unconditional bail to Mr Jatuporn, who is also a member of parliament from the opposition Puea Thai Party after he posted one million baht as collateral for his bail bond.
The court, however, on Tuesday rejected a bid for bail for eight Red Shirt leaders and three Red Shirt guards, citing concerns over their possible flight to evade prosecution, as the detainees face charges with severe punishment, but the Red Shirt lawyer said he will appeal against the court’s rejection of bail.
Corrections Department Wednesday morning separated five Red Shirt leaders from another six fellow leaders and guards. The latter were later transferred to Klong Prem Central prison for safety reasons. (TNA)