Warrants affirmed for 18 PDRC leaders

The Criminal Court on Thursday rejected a request to revoke arrest warrants for 18 People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) core members including Suthep Thaugsuban.

The request was filed by PDRC lawyer Viroj Phumsirisawat, citing the Civil Court's order banning caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) director Chalerm Yubamrung and police chief Adul Saengsingkaew from enforcing CMPO orders issued under the emergency decree against the PDRC protesters.

The Criminal Court stated that although the Civil Court imposed the ban, it did not revoke the emergency decree. Moreover, the Civil Court's verdict was not yet final because it may later be reversed by the Supreme Court if the CMPO appeals.

The emergency decree is still in force, so are the warrants for the arrest of the 18, it said.

The 18 are Suthep Thaugsuban, Sathit Wongnongtoey, Chumpol Julasai, Puthipong Punnakant, Issara Somchai, Witthaya Kaewparadai, Thaworn Senneam, Nathapol Teepsuwan, Akanat Prompan, Anchalee Paireerak, Nitithorn Lamlua, Uthai Yodmanee, Samdin Boonlert, Gen Preecha Iamsuphan, Ratchayut Sirayothinpakdi or Amorn Amornrattananont, Kittichai Saisa-ard, Samran Rodphet and Pansuwan Na Kaew.

The warrants were initially issued for the arrest of 19 PDRC leaders, including Sonthiyan Chuenruthainaitham. Since Mr Sonthiyan has been arrested and freed on bail, the warrant for him has terminated.

On the dismissal of a request for warrants for 13 other PDRC leaders on Feb 24, the Criminal Court said the rejection was mainly based on a conclusion that the warrants should not yet be issued. The Civil Court's ruling was only supplementary to this, it said.

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Discussion 1 : 27/02/2014 at 07:41 PM
Yes interesting but they realised it would backfire . Their ulterior motive
Discussion 2 : 27/02/2014 at 07:41 PM
Has stay on track son. Get with the program. Whatever kat upon has done is irrelevant
Discussion 3 : 27/02/2014 at 07:35 PM
I could not have put it better myself. The integrity of the judiciary, no less, is what is at stake here. The recent blatantly biassed rulings from the Civil Court have put that fundamental underpinning of a functional state in grave peril. The position of the responsible judges in that court should now be on the line.
Discussion 4 : 27/02/2014 at 06:33 PM
Rule of law, it's the only thing that can get us back on track.
Discussion 5 : 27/02/2014 at 06:02 PM
What about Jutaporn and his associates after more as 2 years? And what about Chalerm who is openly offers help to convicted criminals?
Discussion 6 : 27/02/2014 at 05:55 PM
Congratulations to the Criminal Court. It is essential that the integrity of the judiciary be reinstated and maintained otherwise society decays. This is not a red shirt, yellow shirt, white shirt comment. It is about the future of Thailand which is a great country.

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