Court denies arrest warrants for 13

The Criminal Court on Monday dismissed a police request for warrants for the arrest of 13 protest leaders, citing the House dissolution and the improved situation.

The Royal Thai Police Office had earlier sought court approval for warrants to arrest 13 protest leaders on charges of rebellion, illegal assembly and other related charges in violation of Sections 133, 116, 215 and 216 of the Criminal Code.

The 13 are: Sathit Wongnongtoey, Chumpol Julasai, Putthipong Punnakant, Issara Somchai, Witthaya Kaewparadai, Thaworn Senneam, Nathapol Teepsuwan, Akanat Prompan, Anchalee Paireerak, Nitithorn Lamlua, Uthai Yodmanee, Samdin Lertbut and Gen Preecha Iamsuphan.

The court said that since the prime minister had  since dissolved the House of Representatives under Section 108 of the constitution, it  believed the situation will improve.

It suggested police conduct further investigations and summon the 13 for questioning only.  At this stage, there is no reason to issue a warrant for their arrest, the court said.

The court earlier approved a warrant for the arrest of Suthep Thaugsuban on similar charges.

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Discussion 1 : 11/12/2013 at 10:07 AM
Because one side breaking the law is ok if the other side does it too? This is yet another political decision and reminds us yet again why the courts need to change.
Discussion 2 : 09/12/2013 at 06:16 PM
I supose as long as we have Arisman's, Jatuporn's, and so fort, freely taking the stages at any time and anywhere they want, inclusive the state controlled TV stations, despite being on bail's conditions not to do so, this judgmenet is just right.
Discussion 3 : 09/12/2013 at 05:24 PM
If justice system doesn’t support law enforcement there will be no law to enforce therefore this is clearly shown that there are a double standard in which judge can be sway by person feeling and bias opinion and not by law.
Discussion 4 : 09/12/2013 at 04:23 PM
Maybe they compared with what the world witnessed the reds doing and concluded even a slap on the wrist would be too much... Not stange at all then?
Discussion 5 : 09/12/2013 at 04:16 PM
lasse: It's the other way around: no Law, so no Democracy, my thinking...
Discussion 6 : 09/12/2013 at 04:02 PM
We see already what Abhisit and Suthep achieved during the time they were PM and vice-PM. Tourists stayed away, investors run to other countries and the criminals could do what they want. That is why the people of Thailand love Thaksin and his sister.
Discussion 7 : 09/12/2013 at 03:07 PM
But soon No more TS family Government. So all will be much better in time.
Discussion 8 : 09/12/2013 at 02:24 PM
Either they broke the law or not. It should be irrelevant what the "situation" is.
Discussion 9 : 09/12/2013 at 01:54 PM
WOW - I did not know things was that bad in Thailand. No Democracy - no Law.
Discussion 10 : 09/12/2013 at 01:50 PM
this is Amazing Thailand people. No wonder most street protests got away so smoothly every time. The Court also take sides. Awesome.
Discussion 11 : 09/12/2013 at 01:47 PM
So it appears they had the right to commit the acts the entire world has witnessed. Strange law.
Discussion 12 : 09/12/2013 at 01:39 PM
Oh, the irony.
Discussion 13 : 09/12/2013 at 01:32 PM
That does not make sense from a legal point of view. Courts should not take politics into the decision. Either it is or it is not rebellion.
Discussion 14 : 09/12/2013 at 01:30 PM
What a terrible excuse for not issuing the arrest warrants, they commited the crime long ago.
Discussion 15 : 09/12/2013 at 01:27 PM
There is movement at the station, for the word has passed around. That the old ways have got to be put away. All are getting edgy, don't make any rash decisions is the call now - don't know who will be in charge shortly.
Discussion 16 : 09/12/2013 at 01:26 PM
So let me get this straight, they denied arrest warrants, not because they didn't break the law, but because the political situation had changed? Aren't arrest warrants supposed to be given as a result of lawbreaking?
Discussion 17 : 09/12/2013 at 01:18 PM
Yes of course it will improve!!!!!
Discussion 18 : 09/12/2013 at 01:16 PM
Smart decision by the court, allow things to settle down. Arresting the leaders would only restart the fires.

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