By The Nation
The three defendants, all UDD leaders namely Jatuporn Prompan, Nuttawut Saikuar and Weng Tojirakarn, had authorised their lawyer Kanpat Singthong to listen to the verdict on their behalf. The verdict was read at the Civil Court.
In 2010, UDD protesters had set fire to many buildings in Bangkok and other provinces in a move to overthrow the Abhisit Vejjajiva-led government.
“The Supreme Court has ordered three members of UDD to pay Bt21.35 million, plus 7.5 per cent interest per year, for damages caused to a commercial building. The amount was calculated from May 20, 2010, and includes Bt1.2 million or Bt100,000 per month for 24 months from May 18, 2011, in compensation to the prosecutor,” Kanpat said. “In addition, they have to pay Bt100,000 in court and lawyers’ fees.”
Kanpat added that the three defendants will be informed of the verdict, which will be further examined.