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    ^That video is convincing

    I don’t see why the 15 core red-shirts didn’t bring that video into court and use it as part of their defense.
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    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.

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    Thirteen Redshirts Jailed for Disrupting ASEAN Summit
    06 March 2015



    CHONBURI — Thirteen Redshirt activists have been sentenced to four years in prison for storming the venue of an international summit in Pattaya nearly six years ago.

    The defendants were found guilty by a court in Chonburi province yesterday of violating the Emergency Decree, which was enacted by the government in April 2009 in response to mass Redshirt protests in Bangkok. The court also fined the defendants 200 baht each for blocking traffic with their protests.


    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.

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    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.

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    mysterious blue-shirted militants

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

    Blaze it up.

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    Four-year jail term upheld for Arisman, 12 others


    PATTAYA - The Appeals Court on Tuesday upheld the lower court's sentence of a four-year jail term each, without suspension, for singer Arisman Pongruangrong and 12 other red-shirts for leading protesters who forced their way into the Royal Cliff Beach Resort Hotel in Pattaya, where the 2009 Asean Summit was being held.

    The storming of the Asean Summit venue on April 11, 2009 in protest against the Abhisit Vejjajiva government caused the evacuation of the regional leaders and the postponement of the summit.

    They were denied bail.

    The prosecutors originally filed a lawsuit against 18 United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) members for defying an order prohibiting a rally of more than 10 people and causing unrest.

    On Mar 5, 2015, the Pattaya Provincial Court sentenced 13 of them to four years each in jail, without suspension, and a fine of 200 baht. They were: Arisman Pongruangrong, Nisit Sinthuprai, Payap Panket, Worachai Hema, Wanchana Kerddee, Pichet Sukjindathong, Sakda Noppasit, Pol Lt Col Waipot Aparat, Nopporn Namchiangtai, Samrerng Prachamrua, Somyot Promma, Wallop Yangtrong and Singthong Buachum.

    The court acquitted two defendants -- Thongchai Sakmangkorn and Pol Col Sompol Ratthakarn -- and suspended the proceedings on three defendants who escaped -- Pol Lt Col Sa-ngiam Samranrat, Surachai Danwatthananusorn and Ms Orawan (last name unknown).

    The court initially denied bail for the convicted 13. However, on Mar 9, 2015 UDD lawyers filed another bail request. The court granted bail to Mr Arisman, with 2-million-baht collateral, and released the 12 others on 800,000-baht bail. The prosecution appealed.

    Mr Arisman and the 12 others appeared on Tuesday at the Pattaya Provincial Court, where the Appeals Court's ruling was set to be read out.

    The Appeals Court upheld the lower court's ruling, which sentences the 13 to four years each in jail without suspension.

    Relatives of the 13 defendants submitted bail requests, with 2 million baht collateral for Mr Arisman and one million baht each for the 12 others.

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/crim...sman-12-others
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    13 red-shirt leaders get four years for 2009 Asean disruption


    Thirteen red-shirt leaders were each sentenced to four years’ imprisonment on Tuesday for their involvement in disrupting the Asean Summit in April 2009.

    The Pattaya Provincial Court handed down the Appeal Court verdict against Arisman Pongruangrong, Nisit Sinthuprai, Payap Panket, Worachai Hema and other red-shirt leaders convicted of leading thousands of red-shirt protesters into the summit venue.

    At that time, government leaders from member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations were about to meet with their dialogue partners at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel in Pattaya. The break-in resulted in the important meeting hosted by Thailand being cancelled and the participants being evacuated in dramatic fashion.

    The Appeal Court in effect upheld the ruling by a lower court in March 2015, after which the convicted red-shirt leaders were released on bail.

    On Tuesday, the convicted red-shirt leaders again sought temporary release, with a bail of Bt2 million set for Arisman and Bt1 million each for the others.

    However, the court denied temporary release for all the convicts and they were later escorted to prison for detention. Their lawyers said they would apply for bail again on the following day.

    Some 30 family members and friends of the convicted red-shirt leaders gathered at the court on Tuesday to offer them moral support.

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30309831
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    Red-shirt leaders probably doomed: Jatuporn


    Red-shirt leaders will probably be killed or jailed, key leader Jatuporn Prompan said on Wednesday.

    Such a conclusion was based on his political experiences over the past decade, said Jatuporn, chairman of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).

    “After working with the UDD in our political fight over the past 10 years, I am well aware of our destiny. Finally, we have two choices – getting killed or being put in jail,” he said.

    Jatuporn, who has been released on bail during a trial on terrorism charges, joined a large group of red-shirt leaders and supporters visiting 13 UDD figures detained at a remand prison in Chon Buri in connection with the disruption of the Asean Summit in 2009.

    On Tuesday, the Pattaya Provincial Court delivered the Appeal Court verdict against Arisman Pongruangrong, Nisit Sinthuprai, Payap Panket, Worachai Hema and other red-shirt leaders convicted of leading thousands of red-shirt protesters into the summit venue. The 13 red-shirt leaders were each sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.

    At the time, government leaders from Asean countries were about to meet with dialogue partners at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel in Pattaya. The break-in resulted in the meeting being cancelled and the participants being evacuated in dramatic fashion.

    The Appeal Court in effect upheld the ruling by a lower court in March 2015.

    On Wednesday, more than 50 people went to visit the detained red-shirt leaders at the Pattaya Remand Prison, also known as Nong Pla Lai prison, in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district. The visitors included family members and red-shirt leaders, including Jatuporn, Nuttawut Saikuar, Weng Tojirakarn and Thida Thawornseth.

    The visit lasted about half an hour, after which the red-shirt leaders talked to the media.

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news...gnews/30309946
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    full steam ahead with that reconciliation .................

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    Arisman gets another year's jail for defaming Abhisit


    The Supreme Court on Friday upheld two lower court rulings sentencing red-shirt co-leader Arisman Pongruangrong to one year in prison without suspension for defaming Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.

    Arisman was charged by Mr Abhisit with defamation on two occasions during public addresses from Oct 11-17, 2009. The courts agreed he wrongfully accused the Democrat leader of delaying a royal pardon petition by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ordering troops to kill protesters, and corruption in several projects.

    He made the speeches at the Democracy Monument and in front of Government House. The speeches were broadcast on People Channel satellite TV.

    Mr Abhisit charged that Arisman’s comments tarnished his reputation and stoked public resentment against him.

    Earlier, the Criminal Court sentenced Arisman to six months in prison without suspension on each count of defamation. The Appeal Court upheld the lower’s court ruling. Arisman then took the case to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the lower courts’ rulings.

    Only representatives for the plaintiff showed up to hear the judgement.

    Arisman was not present as he is serving a four-year jail term after the Appeal Court last month upheld a lower court ruling sentencing him and 12 others to four years in prison for leading the riot that disrupted the 2009 Asean Summit in Pattaya.

    The storming of the Asean Summit venue took place on April 11, 2009 during the Abhisit Vejjajiva government.

    The red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) protesters forced their way into the hotel, arousing fears for the safety of the regional leaders, some of whom had to be evacuated by boat.

    The prosecutors filed a lawsuit against the group for defying an order prohibiting a rally of more than 10 people and violating traffic regulations.

    The Pattaya Provincial Court, in March 2015, found them guilty and sentenced each of them to four years in prison without suspension.

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/poli...faming-abhisit
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