ACTIVISTS' BAIL RETURNED
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.