Bangkok, the 2nd of July 2010 [PDN]: The Criminal Court magistrate rejected their collective bids for bail stating their propensity to escape prosecution by fleeing the country as the reason behind the rejection.
United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) legal representative Karom Ponthaklang had sort a second bail application for the detained leaders after the court rejected the initial request on June 15th. Among the UDD leaders being detained at the Bangkok Remand Prison were Veera Musikapong, Weng Tojirakarn, Korkaew Pikulthong, and Natthawut Saikua.
The Red Shirt protest leaders face charges that include terrorism and breaking the states emergency decree following the violent, destructive end to the 2-month anti-government protests in Bangkok. They surrendered to police on the 19th of May, as the protests turned chaotic with arsonists wreaking havoc in the capital and some North and Northeastern provinces.
In early June, the court granted unconditional bail to fellow Red Shirt leader, Jatuporn Prompan, due to his status as a member of parliament for the opposition Puea Thai Party. He was required to post Bt1 million in collateral for his bail bond.
In the latest failed bail application Mr. Karom offered a staggering Bt2 million as collateral for each leader whilst Veera Musikapong’s wife posted Bt3 million for her husbands release. Thida Tojirakarn, Dr. Weng Tojirakarn’s wife, explained that her husband’s congenital disease and allergies would almost certainly flair if he is detained in a confined area.
In conclusion, the court decided to deny granting temporary bail to the detained leaders, stating that the accused would almost certainly present a significant flight risk as they all face severe charges and resultant punishment which may include the death penalty.