Red Shirt leader back be­hind bars

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THAILAND’S most prom­i­nent op­po­si­tion Red Shirt leader was back be­hind bars yes­ter­day after a court ruled that he had breached bail con­di­tions by crit­i­cis­ing the junta dur­ing a tele­vi­sion show.

The grass­roots Red Shirt movement is loyal to the ousted gov­ern­ment of Yingluck Shi­nawa­tra and her brother Thaksin whose ad­min­is­tra­tions were both top­pled by mil­i­tary coups, the lat­est in May 2014.

Since then both Ms Yingluck and Red Shirt lead­ers have been slapped with a slew of le­gal cases that have kept them bound up in the courts and fac­ing lengthy jail spells.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing Bangkok’s Crim­i­nal Court jailed Jatu­porn Prompan say­ing he had breached bail con­di­tions by be­ing “sar­cas­tic” about the work of the junta.

“The sus­pect went on a tele­vi­sion pro­gram and im­pli­cated other peo­ple and caused dam­age to their dig­nity and rep­u­ta­tion,” the court said.

The bail con­di­tions stem from a sep­a­rate on­go­ing ter­ror­ism pros­e­cu­tion Mr Jatu­porn faces over his role in large, some­times vi­o­lent pro-democ­racy demon­stra­tions in 2010 that were even­tu­ally quashed by sol­diers re­sult­ing in dozens of pro­tester deaths.

“I have been im­pris­oned twice so if to­day the court re­vokes my bail and sends me to prison I have pre­pared my per­sonal stuff, although I have only brought my sneak­ers, not socks,” Mr Jatu­porn said.

The re­mark was a ref­er­ence to the re­cent death in cus­tody of a sus­pect who po­lice said hung him­self us­ing a sock. –

Photo: EPA

Jatu­porn Prompan speaks to sup­port­ers in May 2014.

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