Warrants for 13 PDRC leaders rejected

The Criminal Court on Monday rejected the Department of Special Investigation's (DSI) request for warrants for the arrest of 13 People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leaders, citing the Civil Court's ruling that the emergency decree cannot be used against the people and PDRC protesters rallying peacefully and with no weapons.

The arrest warrant request was filed by Pol Maj Yuthana Praedam, a DSI special cases specialist, accusing the 13 of violating the emergency decree.

The 13 are Somkiat Pongpaiboon, Somsak Kosaisuk, Jitrapat Kridakorn, Sakonthi Pattiyakul, Sombat Thamrongthanyawong, Seri Wongmontha, Thanom Onketphol, Luang Pu Buddha Issara or Suvit Thongprasert, Sawit Kaewwan, Komsan Thongsiri, Suchart Srisang, Dr Rawi Matchamadol and Nopporn Muangthaen.

Other people who were not involved were not allowed in the courtroom.

Viroj Phumsirisawat, a PDRC lawyer, said the court dismissed the DSI's request on the ground that facts surrounding the PDRC protests had changed and the Civil Court had ruled that the emergency decree cannot be enforced against the people and PDRC demonstrators who rally peacefully and without weapons.

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