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Top court hands down prison time to red-shirt leaders for march to Prem’s house

Jun 26. 2020
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By The Nation

The Supreme Court handed down jail sentences on Friday (June 26) to five of seven red-shirt leaders for bringing together more than 10 people, allegedly creating chaos in the city and fighting the authorities.

The defendants in the case were Nopparut Worachitwutthikul, Veerakarn Musikapong, Weerasak Hemathulin, Wanchai Naputtha, Wiputhalaeng Pattanapoom, Natthawut Saikua and Weng Tochirakarn.

The seven leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship had led a march to late Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda’s Si Sao Thewes resident to pressure him to step down as chief royal adviser in 2007.

They also confessed in 2019, prompting Supreme Court to defer its ruling.

In Friday’s ruling Nopparut was given a jail term of two years and eight months, while Veerakarn, Natthawut, Wiputhalaeng and Weng were each given four years and four months. The cases of Weerasak and Wanchai were dismissed.

Eye-witness accounts were presented in court by police officers and two reporters.

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