Somkiat reports to court after arrest warrant issued

Thousands of People’s Alliance for Democracy protesters occupy the grounds of Government House on Aug 26, 2008, the first day of its ‘final war’ on the government of then prime minister Samak Sundaravej.

Somkiat Pongpaiboon turned himself in at the Criminal Court on Friday after an arrest warrant was issued when the former co-leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) failed to attend an Appeal Court ruling.

After reporting, Mr Somkiat told reporters he had no intention of evading the court's judgement on charges of illegally occupying Government House from Aug 26 to Dec 3, 2008. 

The Appeal Court last Monday ordered his arrest after rejecting his lawyer's explanation that Mr Somkiat was sick and unable to be present at its scheduled judgement in the case. His client was suffering from headaches, vertigo and vomiting, he said.

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