BANGKOK — The ruling Pheu Thai Party has expressed disappointment over the court's decision to release an arrested anti-government protest leader on bail.
Sakoltee Phattiyakul, a core leader of the People's Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD), was arrested yesterday at an immigration checkpoint in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport on charges of insurrection and unlawful intrusion into public buildings.
The charges against Mr. Sakoltee were pressed by the Centre for Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO).
The court has granted Mr. Sakoltee a temporary release to fight his charges, placing his bail at 600,000 baht. However, Mr. Sakoltee is prohibited from participating in future PCAD rallies or attempting to leave the country under the conditions of his bail release.
Anusorn Iamsa-ard, deputy spokesperson of the Pheu Thai Party, said in a press conference yesterday that his party is deeply disappointed to see Mr. Sakoltee on a temporary release given that he has been charged for a number of severe offences, including insurrection against the administration.
Mr. Anusorn also claimed that Mr. Sakoltee's release will allow him to participate in the next mass PCAD rally.
"We have received intelligence that PCAD will relocate its rally from Lumpini Park to Ratchadamnoen Avenue, or maybe even escalate it into a massive rally to 'shutdown' Bangkok on 30 April," Mr. Anusorn said. "Mr. Sakoltee might join these campaigns."
He added, "People do not wish to see such prominent wrongdoers have the privilege of bail release."
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