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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