Jatuporn, Nisit lose bail appeal
Published: 27/06/2011 at 04:47 PM
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The Appeals Court on Monday upheld the Criminal Court's decision to reject a request for the release on bail of Jatuporn Prompan and Nisit Sinthuprai, who have been charged with terrorism in connection with the April-May violence last year.

The court ruled that the charges against the two are serious and they could disturb peace and order if released.

Winyat Chartmontree, a lawyer for the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), said he was preparing another request to the Criminal Court, seeking permission for Mr Jatuporn to be taken out of jail to vote on July 3.

In another red-shirt case, the Criminal Court today sentenced two UDD supporters to 11 years and eight months in jail and a fine of 6,100 baht each after finding them guilty of possession of explosives and other charges in connection with the protest street rallies last year.

Prasong Manee-in and Kowit Yaemprasert were arrested on May 17 last year after a pick-up truck they were travelling on was stopped at a police checkpoint on Phetchaburi road.

The two said they were returning from taking part in the red-shirt rally at the Ratchaprasong intersection, where the emergency decree was in force.

Police found in their vehicle explosives, a knife, an axe and a communication radio, along with cigarettes, bottles of liquor, and other items they stole from a 7-Eleven store they had earlier broken into in Lumpini area.

The court sentenced each of them to six years in jail for illegally having explosives in their possession, five years for theft, and eight months for violating the emergency decree.

They were also fined 6,000 baht each for having a communication radio in possession without permission and 100 baht each for carrying weapons in public.

In total, they were each sentenced to a total of 11 years and eight months and a fine 6,100 baht.