Mr Tharit said DSI earlier summoned 19 leading UDD members to hear lese majeste charges today, but the Red Shirt activists asked for a postponement, saying they must take part in political activities related to the July 3 general election considered crucial for them under their practice of democratic principles.
The DSI chief said all 19 submitted letters requesting to delay the date of their required appearance to July 7 reasoning that 10 are candidates for parliament on party-list and constituency-based systems and are busy for their campaign.
Seven are Pheu Thai party key leaders and leading UDD members who must participate in the political campaign.
The last two — Jatupon Prompan and Nisit Sintuprai — are detained at Bangkok Remand Prison and demanded equal treatment in the postponement. They argued that as they were in prison and as impossible for them to escape or reject the summons.
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 that day, citing concerns that they might cause disorder after any temporary release.
The 19 UDD who were summoned comprise both leaders and supporting figures whose speeches and actions at the April 10 rally were considered lese majeste and as inciting others to disobey the law.
Being charged are Thida Thavornseth, Jatuporn, Natthawut Saikua, Weng Tojirakarn, Yoswarit Chuklom, Korkaew Pikulthong,Veerakan (formerly known as Veera) Musikhapong, Nisit, Wiputhalaeng Pattanaphumthai, Kwanchai Praipana, Laddawan Wongsriwong, Suporn Atthawong, Prasit Chaisrisa, Karoon Hosakul, Wichian Khaokam, Pipatchai Paiboon, Chinnawat Hanboonpat, Worawut Wichaidit and Payap Panket.
Report by : MCOT
BANGKOK, May 20 — The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will call in 19 members of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the Red Shirt movement, for lese majeste charges as the court rejected latest bail bid by detained UDD co-leader Jatuporn Prompan.