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  • Court sentences 15 core red shirts to four years in prison

    Arisman loses appeal against jail term

    The Appeals Court on Tuesday upheld the lower court's sentence of a 12-month prison term for former red-shirt leader Arisman Pongruangrong for defaming former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

    Arisman was found guilty of defaming Mr Abhisit during speeches on a stage on Oct 11 and Oct 17, 2009 at the Democracy Monument and in front of Government House.

    His speeches were broadcast live on satellite television station People Channel.

    The Criminal Court sentenced Arisman to 12 months in jail without suspension.

    Arisman appealed, seeking a lighter sentence and a suspension of the prison term.

    The Appeals Court found no reason to reduce or suspend the sentence, and upheld the lower court's decision.

    Thanadej Puangpoon, Arisman's lawyer, said he had applied for bail, offereing 500,000 baht as surety.

    The bail application was being considered by the court.

  • #2

    Arisman given one year for defamation

    Speeches against Abhisit had 'dishonest intent'

    The Criminal Court has sentenced red-shirt co-leader Arisman Pongruangrong to one year in prison for defaming Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.

    Mr Arisman was granted bail after posting surety of 200,000 baht as he intends to lodge an appeal.

    Mr Abhisit filed a defamation charge against Mr Arisman on Nov 12, 2009, after the red-shirt co-leader made several speeches between Oct 11-17, 2009, accusing the Democrat chief of traumatising the King, seizing power from the people, ordering troops to kill protesters, and corruption in several projects.

    Mr Abhisit said Mr Arisman's comments tarnished his reputation and stoked public resentment against him.

    The court ruled yesterday that although the defendant is a political rival and has the right to criticise Mr Abhisit, who was prime minister at the time, Mr Arisman's comments could have been construed as truth despite him being unable to prove how Mr Abhisit's work could be linked to the King's ailments.

    The court also said Mr Arisman showed dishonest intent by repeatedly airing an audio clip of Mr Abhisit, even though authorities had proved the clip was doctored and Mr Arisman knew this.

    The clip features the voice of Mr Abhisit and could lead the public to believe Mr Abhisit ordered troops to harm red-shirt demonstrators in 2009.

    According to the court, Mr Abhisit assumed the prime minister's post through democratic means, as did former prime ministers Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat, so the defendant's remarks about Mr Abhisit seizing power from the people were false.

    The court said Mr Arisman admitted he led a group of supporters who threw blood in front of Mr Abhisit's house. That stirred public hatred against Mr Abhisit, which led to social unrest.

    The court sentenced Mr Arisman to one year in jail. The sentence was not eligible for suspension because his remarks touched upon the beloved institution of the monarchy, the court said.


    • #3
      Even Earlier

      Fugitive Arisman surrenders in Pattaya
      December 7, 2011

      Fugitive red-shirt leader Arisman Pongruangrong yesterday surrendered to the Pattaya Provincial Court in connection with the case relating to the disruption of the Asean Summit in 2009 by red-shirt protesters, according to a source.

      Arisman was accompanied by his lawyers when he arrived at the court yesterday afternoon. He was later granted temporary release with a bail of Bt2 million, according to the source.

      Court officials will hold a press briefing this morning to give more details about Arisman's surrender and the legal proceedings regarding the case, the source said.

      The government was forced to cancel the 2009 summit in Pattaya after a large group of red-shirt protesters stormed into the conference venue at a local hotel.

      Arisman will surrender to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) at 10am today to face charges related to five violent incidents during last year's political mayhem. He will be booked at the DSI before acknowledging his indictments at the Office of the Attorney-General. DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith said public prosecutors would be responsible for bail review.

      Arisman will be booked at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) before acknowledging his indictments at the Office of the Attorney General.

      DSI director-general Tharit Pengdith said public prosecutors would be responsible for bail review.

      Arisman fled Bangkok following the dispersal of the crowd at the Ratchaprasong rally site in May 2010. He reportedly sought and received safe haven in Cambodia.

      He was a key organiser of red-shirt street protests at the Rajdamnoen and Ratchaprasong rally sites from March to May last year.

      The five violent incidents with which his is linked are the siege of and trespass on Parliament grounds; the raid at the ThaiCom satellite uplink station; involvement in terrorism; the theft of anti-riot weapons; and the use of force to resist arrest at the SC Park Hotel.

      Justice Ministry permanent secretary Kittipong Kittayarak said the outcome of the bail review for Arisman would hinge on details of the five incidents.

      Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said yesterday he had learned that the Reuters news agency hired "international detectives" to investigate the death of news photographer Hiroyuki Muramoto, who was shot dead near the Democracy Monument during a clash between protesting red shirts and soldiers in April last year.

      He said the investigators had presented a 60-page report containing their findings to Thai police. "They [Reuters] said they did not submit the report earlier because the previous government's outline was inconsistent with what their independent detectives found. They only sent it [to police] after they discovered that I am serious about this case," Chalerm said.

      Chalerm, who is in charge of police affairs, denied he was trying to influence the police investigation into the case, before going on to say that he was sure state security personnel were responsible for the Japanese cameraman's death.

      Findings by independent investigators probing the death of the Japanese cameraman during last year's red-shirt protest were inconsistent with the version of events provided by the previous government, he said.

      In response to Chalerm's claim, opposition leader and former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who led the administration that oversaw the crackdown on the protests, yesterday described the deputy prime minister's latest remark as an attempt to influence a police investigation into the matter.

      Abhisit, who leads the Democrat Party, said yesterday that Chalerm appeared to be politicising the case.

      He urged police investigators to handle the case straightforwardly and not to allow their probe to be influenced by any politician, as they would eventually be responsible for the contents of their report.

      "The government should allow the investigators to work independently. I hope the authorities will act straightforwardly so that the truth will be discovered and justice will be served," Abhisit said. "Politicians should step back and allow people responsible for finding facts to do their duty."

      When asked why he thought Chalerm was coming forward with details on this matter now, Abhisit said: "He probably wants to please someone. Maybe it has something to do with the imminent Cabinet reshuffle."

      He also said he had no concerns about facing police questioning this Friday in connection with the deaths of red shirt protesters during the government crackdown and ensuing riots.

      Abhisit and another Democrat heavyweight, Suthep Thaugsuban, who served as deputy premier in charge of the previous government's Centre for Resolution of the Emergency Situation, are blamed by their political enemies for the deaths of protesters killed in the incident.

      In a related development, the House committee on studies for national reconciliation plans to invite people involved in the political conflict to testify, committee member Chavalit Vichayasut said yesterday.

      Chavalit, from the ruling Pheu Thai Party, said the panel was trying to determine the key factors that could resolve the differences at the heart of the political conflict, and eventually to reconciliation. He added that the panel had made "much progress" in its work.

      The panel's chairman, General Sonthi Boonyaratglin from the Matubhum Party, said after yesterday's committee meeting that it was agreed among participants from different parties that forgiveness could bring about reconciliation.

      Supachai Jaisamut, a panel member from the Bhum Jai Thai Party, said that for him justice and the principle of "forgive and forget" would bring an end to the political conflict. He said many other countries with worse conflicts than Thailand's had been able to use the model to achieve reconciliation.


      • #4
        Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


        • #5
          S Landreth.

          Do you have a dog in this fight?

          Rhetorical for sure.

          Blaze it up.


          • #6
            Originally posted by Albert Shagnasty View Post
            S Landreth.

            Do you have a dog in this fight?
            Just doing my best to give this forum some balance.
            Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


            • #7
              Ok, gotcha.

              Say no more fella.
              Blaze it up.


              • #8
                What a load of bullshit, twas the fcuckin blueshirts responsible for the attack on the redshirts, backed up by army ambush.

                All planned in advance by the elite dictator


                • #9
                  I see this as a sign of law and order coming back to the lost smile of Asia. How dare some demonstrators disrupt a conference of big shots from across Asia. Now we will obviously see the leaders of the demonstrations that led to the Junta taking power prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Disrupting a conference is one thing. Toppling the government by illegal means and deadly violence is another.

                  Yes justice is on its way to Thailand. YA for the Junta!!!!


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                    • #11
                      Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                      • #12
                        What legal defence is there, in a kangaroo court? Of course, the whole worldwide Judicial establishment, plus the Rule of Law and those that rely on and uphold it (such as international capital) awaits with bated breath the conviction of the hired blue shirt antagonists. Not. 'tis why Thailand is going down the tubes, now with 22 successive months of falling exports, and consumer confidence plumbing new depths. As ye reap.


                        • #13
                          Thirteen Redshirts Jailed for Disrupting ASEAN Summit
                          06 March 2015

                          CHONBURI Redshirts storming the hotel on in Pattaya on 11 April 2009.

                          The convicted activists include Arisman Pongruangrong, former folk singer and core leader of the Redshirts' umbrella organization, the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD).

                          In April 2009, the UDD staged a massive protest in Bangkok to pressure then-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda, the top adviser to His Majesty the King, to resign from their positions.

                          After their demands were not met, Arisman and other UDD leaders escalated the protest and staged another rally in front of Royal Cliff Beach Resort in Pattaya, where representatives from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) were gathering for an annual summit on 11 April 2009.

                          Clashes between the Redshirts and mysterious blue-shirted militants later broke out, and the angered Redshirts eventually forced their way into the hotel, prompting the government to cancel the summit. Thai and foreign government representatives were forced to flee from the hotel on helicopters.

                          The mysterious blue-shirted militants who provoked Redshirts on 11 April 2009.

                          Two days later, on 13 April, Abhisit's government ordered the military to disperse the Redshirt protesters, who had reunited in Bangkok following the cancellation of the summit.

                          UDD leaders called off the rally and surrendered themselves to police on the following day. No fatalities was reported in the military operation, though two civilians were shot dead during a clash between demonostrators and residents of Nang Loeng district.

                          Violence would later return to Bangkok with a bloodier conclusion in April 2010, when UDD staged another round of mass protests in the capital city to demand a fresh election. The protests were crushed by the military in May 2010. At least 90 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the crackdown.

                          Karom Polpornklang, the lawyer who represented the 13 defendants jailed by the court yesterday, said he has filed an appeal and requested bail releases for his clients.

                          All of the defendants are currently being held at Nong Pla Lai Remand Prison.



                          • #14
                            13 red shirts get bail in Pattaya
                            March 7, 2015

                            PATTAYA Provincial court granted bail yesterday to 13 red shirts found guilty of laying siege to the Asean summit in Pattaya in 2009.

                            The decision came after the 13 were detained for a night after a ruling on Thursday that they serve four years in prison.

                            Each had put up Bt800,000 worth of assets as collateral for release.

                            Some, like red-shirt Surachai Danwattananusorn has fled abroad, and the court decided to put its case against them on hold.

                            The siege was led by red shirt |co-leader Arisman Pongruangrong, Nisit Sinthuprai, Singthong Buachum, Worachai Hema and Payap Panket.

                            The men managed to disrupt |the meeting and forced Asean and foreign leaders to flee via boat or helicopter.



                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mid View Post
                              mysterious blue-shirted militants

                              Surely they are flip flop wearing local farmers paid just a little more than the reds?

                              Blaze it up.