Red Shirt leader back behind bars
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. –
Jatuporn Prompan speaks to supporters in May 2014.