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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Discussion 1 : 25/02/2014 at 01:54 AM
Maybe you yourself have lost sight of what is going on and facts. If the aim were to free the country from corruption (what it is not at all if you know Suthep) do you really think it a good and trustful idea if such a movement is lead by a self-appointed secretary general with the track record of being one of Thailand's most corrupt politicians responsible for forcing a former DEM government to step down.
Discussion 2 : 24/02/2014 at 10:14 PM
Is this a Lenin speech from 1915???
Discussion 3 : 24/02/2014 at 04:20 PM
Yeah the PRDC!
Discussion 4 : 24/02/2014 at 04:05 PM
Well said I couldn't agree more!
Discussion 5 : 24/02/2014 at 03:33 PM
Once again, foreigners ( which I am) expressing their opinion (they are entitled to) and have lost sight of what is going on. It is not an anti-democratic movement, not at all. They are trying to save democracy by getting rid of the corruption of officials and the feudal nepotistic elites of a corrupt family, whose leader is a convicted felon on the run from doing more damage to the country. The courts are following a democratic formula correctly as it is written according to the law. So many people trying to distort the truth of the then and now. Not looking to what can be for the future with a government that is not corrupt.
Discussion 6 : 24/02/2014 at 02:35 PM
Is this a song text?
Discussion 7 : 24/02/2014 at 02:16 PM
thai lost 90 billion bath from period of clash from tourism soon it will be almost equal rice scheme!!! suthep real crazy
Discussion 8 : 24/02/2014 at 02:07 PM
It gets more ridiculous by the minute. No wonder the red army is on its way. The entire nation held to ransom by a violent mob of spoilt brats.
Discussion 9 : 24/02/2014 at 02:06 PM
As long as this joke continues with biased courts there will be no solution to the crisis in Thailand. I fear that the only solution is that the majority of anti PDRC protesters will solve this themselves. That means continued clashes between thais.
Discussion 10 : 24/02/2014 at 01:56 PM
Love to know how the courts have lost all credibility or is it just that they didn't rule in favour of the PTP cronies. The court ruled a few days ago that the emergency decree cannot be enforced if the protests are peaceful. I haven't once seen any of the 13 listed carrying weapons during the rallies so what part of the decree are they breaking. This is the DSI trying to use the violence(likely orchestrate by them or the police) to make it look like the demonstrations are no longer peaceful. Nearly all violent incidences have been when the demonstrators have been provoked, either by the reds or the police.
Discussion 11 : 24/02/2014 at 01:48 PM
If the courts rule based on the law and precedent then they are doing their job correctly. Just because you don't agree with the decision doesn't take away from its credibility. Like many red brethren, when the courts rule in your favor, you are 100% behind them, when the ruling goes against you the courts must be wrong or politically corrupted.
Discussion 12 : 24/02/2014 at 01:44 PM
I disagree. The courts have more credibility than the caretaker Government.
Discussion 13 : 24/02/2014 at 01:31 PM
Yes I agree the courts have lost all credibility and impartiality .. They previously approved the warrants for the leaders .. Oh well - now the red shirts should have the right to protest against the PDRC and the dubious courts judiciary and seize suthep house and family and the courts and don't leave until they become bias.. Suthep will now pay to get out of his murder charges .. Come out red shirts u have been way too patient .. Democracy is being threatened by the old feudal nepartistic elites.
Discussion 14 : 24/02/2014 at 01:29 PM
Rallying peacefully. What a joke!

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