Arrest warrant issued for ex-PAD leader Somkiat

Court rejects poor health excuse for failure to appear

Former core leader of People’s Alliance for Democracy Somkiat Pongpaibul, left, on the stage at the seized Government House in October 2008. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The Appeal Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Somkiat Pongpaibul, a former core leader of the disbanded People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), after he failed to show up on Monday for the ruling on the group’s seizure of Government House in 2008.

Five other former leaders of the PAD were present at the court - Chamlong Srimuang, Sondhi Limthongkul, Pibhop Dhongchai, Somsak Kosaisuk and Suriyasai Katasila.

Sondhi is serving a 20-year-jail sentence handed down by the Supreme Court on Sept 6 last year for a breach of the Securities and Exchange Act. He was brought to the court from prison.

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