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Protest leaders ‘Penguin’ and ‘Ammy’ granted bail

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Pro-democracy protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak was granted bail on Tuesday after spending 93 days in detention, 53 of them on hunger strike.

Granted conditional release alongside Parit was singer-turned-democracy activist Chai-amorn Kaewwiboonpan, better known as Ammy Bottom Blues, who was detained for 70 days.

The Criminal Court set bail at THB200,000 for Parit and THB250,000 for Chai-amorn, releasing them on condition that they did not join activities that could cause unrest or insult the monarchy. They have also been barred from leaving the country.

Parit, 22, was sent to Bangkok Remand Prison on February 9 to await trial on charges of lese majeste and sedition for his role at rallies in September last year. He launched a hunger strike in March after the court repeatedly denied bail requests for himself and several other detained pro-democracy leaders.

Both Parit and Chai-amorn, 32, will be tested for Covid-19 on their release.

A bail hearing for fellow detained activist Panupong “Mike” Jadnok was postponed for him to have a second Covid-19 test. Panupong was exposed to Arnon Nampa, a detained pro-democracy activist who tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

Published : May 11, 2021

By : The Nation