Bangkok, the 3rd of August 2010: The Thai Appeals Court decision to uphold the prior ruling made by the Criminal Court is considered controversial by some sections of the Thai media, given that Mr. Pikulthong was earlier released to contest a recent Bangkok by-election despite being incarcerated.
A legal representative from the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) reasoned with the court that Mr. Pikulthong had a fixed Bangkok address, was not a flight risk and that investigations into his charges had been concluded by authorities. Mr. Pikulthong’s lawyer drew attention to the increased return to normalcy in the capital as another reason not to deny his second bail application.
Despite offering up Bt2 million in security, Mr. Pikulthong’s application was subsequently denied by the court, who merely stated that he was considered a flight risk due to the nature of the charges being held against him.
Mr. Korkaew is one of 11 Red Shirt leaders being held on terrorism related charges resultant from the recent 10-week long anti-government protest in Bangkok. Following a military led crackdown on the main Red Shirt encampment the protests turned violent, with multiple grenade attacks and widespread arson occurring in the capital and some north/north eastern provinces.
Punishments for the crimes being levelled at the detained Red Shirt leaders include life imprisonment and the death penalty.