Bail allowed for NSPRT leader

The Criminal Court on Tuesday granted bail to Pichit Chaimongkol, spokesman of the anti-government Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (NSPRT), who was arrested for allegedly trespassing at the Foreign Ministry.

Mr Pichit was released on bail of 100,000 baht on condition that he must refrain from inciting public disorder and chaos.   

His bail was secured the day after the court approved the Department of Special Investigation's (DSI) request to hold him in custody until Jan 11 pending further investigation. 

Mr Pichit is one of four NSPRT leaders who face charges of trespassing on state buildings, staging an illegal assembly and damaging state property after they led protesters to lay siege to the Foreign Ministry on Nov 25.

He was arrested at a department store in Bangkok’s Sri Nakarin area on Sunday night.  

Police opposed bail for Mr Pichit, saying he might flee and tamper with evidence.

The judge ruled the suspect had denied all charges against him during interrogation and the charge and penalty was minor. There were no reasonable grounds to believe he would escape. 

Mr Pichit is one of the nine defendants released on bail on criminal charges in connection with the seizure of Suvarnabhumi airport by the People's Alliance for Democracy in 2008.

The DSI has asked the court to revoke his bail, citing his role in the prolonged anti-government protests. Mr Pichit’s lawyer also filed a counter-petition. The court set Feb 24 to hear requests from both sides.    

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Discussion 1 : 01/01/2014 at 10:40 AM
no bail for insurection lock him up simple another one off the streets
Discussion 2 : 01/01/2014 at 02:20 AM
Of course he should be free, the siezure of the airports in 2008 and the storming of the ministries a few weeks ago were just a peaceful misunderstanding. It's all Thaksin's fault, right?
Discussion 3 : 01/01/2014 at 12:30 AM
True_facts - f the DSI serve the interests in of a fugitive, Whose interests do the courts serve releasing everyone the DSI arrests? Certainly not the people's.
Discussion 4 : 31/12/2013 at 11:05 PM
You are right David, Thailand need to reform their courts before the politician. The guy is even on bail in connection with the seizure of Suvarnabhumi airport by the People's Alliance for Democracy in 2008.
Discussion 5 : 31/12/2013 at 08:16 PM
too many kangaroo courts in thailand, they're the one that badly need reform first from iPhone application.
Discussion 6 : 31/12/2013 at 06:42 PM
Any terrorist on earth, who wants to stay above law, and continue committing crimes can find Thailand his or her heaven, after becoming an anti-Thaksin gang member.
Discussion 7 : 31/12/2013 at 06:30 PM
Mr Pichit was released on bail of 100,000 baht on condition that he must refrain from inciting public disorder and chaos. Great. That's the same Bail the Red Shirt Leaders got. This means he can do anything he wants.
Discussion 8 : 31/12/2013 at 06:08 PM
Nice slap in the face for DSIā€¦The courts clearly know DSI serves the interests of a fugitive from Thai justice?????
Discussion 9 : 31/12/2013 at 06:05 PM
Yeah and some get awarded with a post in the government, and others are running for office, even killers.
Discussion 10 : 31/12/2013 at 05:23 PM
"Police opposed bail for K. Pichit, saying he may flee and tamper with evidence. " Well well, you learn something new every day in the LOS. I did not think police were allowed legally to oppose bail given how easy it seems for some to be granted bail eg - Krabi rapist, 4 police officers sentenced to death as two examples. What's next, will we learn police actually have the power to arrest someone who breaks their bail conditions. Isn't Jatuporn also not allowed to speak publicly and incite unrest while on bail, the same offence K Pichit was arrested for. Different strokes for different folks I guess . TIT.
Discussion 11 : 31/12/2013 at 05:22 PM
Of course the Dubai Boss wants everyone out of circulation who is against his form of dictatorship. OMG, thank the Justice System of Thailand for being strong & not bending.
Discussion 12 : 31/12/2013 at 05:03 PM
Some people are untouchable and some go straight to jail with no bail. One of the first areas needing reform obviously.

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