Court Refuses to Revoke UDD Leaders' Bail

UDD Leaders Jutapon Prompan and Nattawut Saikuea at a Redshirt rally on 5 April, 2014.

BANGKOK — The Criminal Court has rejected a former Democrat MP’s request to revoke the bail of Jutapon Prompan, the leader of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), and his deputy, Mr. Nattawut Saikuea.

Mr. Jatupon and Mr. Nattawut face terrorism charges for their involvement in the events leading up to the military crackdown on Redshirt protesters in 2010.

Earlier this month, former Democrat MP Satit Pitutacha filed a petition for the cancellation of their bail on the grounds that they had violated its conditions by leading UDD rallies in recent months.

According to the plaintiff, Mr. Jatupon and Mr. Nattawut have incited violence by making speeches that urge Redshirts to organise militia forces.


The court rejected the request, ruling that attending political rallies is permitted under the conditions of the UDD leaders' bail. Yet, the court also warned Mr. Jatupon and Mr. Nattawut to be careful when expressing their political views at future events. 

The defendants did not attend the court ruling; their lawyers said they are ill.



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