Student activist Rangsiman sent to military court, bailed

Student activist Rangsiman Rome (second right) arrives at the Bangkok Military Court from Bang Sao Thong police station in Samut Prakan province to answer political charges on Monday. (Post Today photo)

Police handed over activist Rangsiman Rome to the Bangkok Military Court on Monday on charges of defying a political gathering ban and trying to disrupt the draft charter referendum last year.

The court later granted him bail on condition that he not engage in public incitement, and not leave the country.

Pol Capt Witoon Pengbupa took the Thammasat University student from Bang Sao Thong police station in Samut Prakan province to report to the court in Bangkok on the charges.

"I slept well last night," he said before leaving the police station.

The New Democracy Movement member was arrested near the Oct 14 Memorial on Sunday as he was en route to speak at a fund-raising forum organised by the group to help political prisoners.

Mr Rangsiman was under an arrest warrant issued by the court on Aug 26 last year, three days after he and 12 other activists campaigned against the draft charter at the Bang Phli National Housing Authority market in Bang Sao Thong district.

The court later granted him bail with a surety of 60,000 baht, the movement said on its Facebook page.

Following his court appearance, Mr Rangsiman was escorted to Special Remand Prison, from where he will soon be released.

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