Court rejects, second time, bail bid by Red Shirt activist Arisman
19 December 2011 :: 17:12:31 pm [ 883 views ]
BANGKOK, Dec 19 - Thailand's Criminal Court on Monday rejected the second bail bid lodged by detained Red Shirt leader Arisman Pongruangrong, citing concerns that he might flee the court proceedings.
The court decision came after Mr Arisman’s lawyer resubmitted the bail request last week for his client, now detained at Bangkok Remand Prison, posting Bt4 million in cash as collateral for the terrorism case, and for the defamation cases against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and deputy metropolitan police chief Pol Maj-Gen Amnuay Nimmano.
The court earlier rejected the first bail attempt after the fugitive hardliner activist of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) surrendered to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Dec 8.
The singer-turned-activist defended his year-long flight in the bail hearing last week, saying the situation was not safe for him and he did not think to flee the court’s prosecution but rather was fleeing from death.
Mr Arisman was taken from prison to hear the court decision at Ratchada Criminal Court. His wife, Rapeepan Pongruangrong, Pheu Thai party-list MP, appeared at court to give moral support to her husband.
The court today ruled to dismiss Mr Arisman’s request saying the defendant may flee the court proceedings if he is granted temporary release.
It also said there was no “accountable” witnesses or evidence to prove that Mr Arisman had faced life treats.
At the same time, the court said, as the protest leader’s remarks on the Red Shirt rally streets were aggressive, if released, he might continue similar actions.
Mr Arisman was among 19 Red Shirt leaders, including fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, charged with terrorism for their alleged roles in instigating the crowd to move toward disorder, chaos and violence to topple the then Abhisit Vejjajiva government during the Feb-May, 2010, anti-government protests.
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