DSI Director-General Tharit Pengdit told reporters that on Monday, DSI would summon 19 leading UDD members to hear lese majeste charges on June 2.
They comprise both leaders and supporting figures, whose speeches and actions at the April 10 rally were considered lese majeste and inciting others to disobey the law.
Being charged are Thida Thavornseth, Jatuporn Prompan, Natthawut Saikua, Weng Tojirakarn, Yoswarit Chuklom, Korkaew Pikulthong,Veerakan (formerly known as Veera) Musikhapong, Nisit Sintuprai, Wiputhalaeng Pattanaphumthai, Kwanchai Praipana, Laddawan Wongsriwong, Suporn Atthawong, Prasit Chaisrisa, Karoon Hosakul, Wichian Khaokam, Pipatchai Paiboon, Chinnawat Hanboonpat, Worawut Wichaidit and Payap Panket
Among them, Mr Jatupon and Mr Nisit are detained at Bangkok Remand Prison and DSI will inform the prison regarding the summons and deliver them to the DSI on June 2.
Mr Tharit said that all 19 UDD figures would then be taken to court to ask for the court’s decision to detain them, saying that the DSI will oppose any bail for them.
In related developments, the Appeals Court rejected bail for Mr Jatuporn, reasoning that he used strong language against the monarchy during the Red Shirt rally, and it denied the bail request for fear that he might do it again.
Mr Jatuporn and Mr Nisit, both former members of parliament, were sent to Bangkok Remand Prison immediately after the Criminal Court revoked their bail on May 12.
The court dismissed their bail requests later in the day, citing concerns that they might cause disorder after their temporary release.
Bail for Mr Jatuporn and Mr Nisit was withdrawn after the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) submitted the request to the Court, saying the two, charged with terrorism, had breached their bail conditions and insulted the country’s revered monarchy while addressing their Red-Shirt supporters from its rally stage on April 10.
Report by : MCOT