Warrants for protest leaders revoked

The Criminal Court on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of arrest warrants for 18 leaders of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand (NSPRT), including Suthep Thaugsuban, for violating the emergency decree.

The arrest warrants were issued while the emergency decree was still in force. The court revoked the warrants on the groundthat the emergency decree has been lifted.

Viroj Phumsirisawat, a PDRC lawyer, said the revocation came on receiving a request filed by the PDRC's legal team.

Another request was earlier filed with the Appeals Court asking it to revoke the warrants, but the court had not yet issued any order. Since the Criminal Court has revoked the warrants, the revocation order will be submitted to the Appeals Court for acknowledgement, the lawyer said.

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

As a result, Mr Suthep is still wanted under one warrant for treason under the Criminal Code.

Mr Nitithorn and Mr Uthai, both of the NSPRT, are still wanted under warrants for illegal assembly, trespass and damage of others' property.

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