PDRC co-leader Seree free on bail

The Criminal Court on Wednesday afternoon granted bail to Seree Wongmontha, a co-leader of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) hours after he was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport when he arrived back from the United States.

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Under the conditions of his 600,000-baht bail, the 65-year-old media expert is not allowed to leave the country unless he receives permission from the court nor to take part in activities to instigate public disorder or commit violations of the law.

Mr Seree had gone to the US to attend his nephew’s wedding before the warrants for his arrest and 29 other PDRC figures were issued. After the court granted him bail, he told reporters he had intended to surrender on his arrival and had contacted the Department of Special Investigation, so he had not been arrested by immigration police as reported in the local media. 

Mr Seree and his PDRC comrades are charged with eight offences including trespassing at government offices, obstructing elections and insurrection. He denied all charges when appearing before the court. 

The court set July 7 for the examination of evidence. 

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