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Thai­land's Crim­i­nal Court re­turned the 50,000 baht ($1,500) bail surety each to nine of the 15 de­fen­dants charged with in­cit­ing a pub­lic dis­tur­bance dur­ing May protests against the na­tion's rul­ing mil­i­tary junta af­ter pros­e­cu­tors failed to in­dict them af­ter a fourth round of de­ten­tion. The other six pro­test­ers did not ap­pear at the Crim­i­nal Court be­cause they were ap­pear­ing at a mil­i­tary court for sep­a­rate charges. Charges can still be filed be­fore the statute of lim­i­ta­tions ex­pires in up to 15 years. The de­fen­dants led demon­stra­tions on 21 and 22 May in front of Tham­masat Univer­sity and the United Na­tions on the fourth an­niver­sary of the junta's takeover of Thai­land, de­mand­ing that elec­tions be held this year.

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