Thailand: Protest leaders ‘refused bail for fifth time’

  • Four key anti-government protest leaders were reported to have been denied bail yet again on 12 Mar 21.
  • The Criminal Court rejected bail requests submitted by Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boon­pattararaksa and Piyarat “Toto” Chongthep, a source said. If verified, this would be the fifth time the quartet have been refused bail.
  • The student protest leaders’ lecturers appeared in court and testified as to why their students should be released on bail.
  • Before the outcome of the hearing was known, Mr Kritsadang also complained about Mr Parit’s transfer to Area 5 of the prison, usually designated for inmates already convicted. He condemned the transfer, saying Mr Parit should still be considered innocent.
  • The lawyer also said he had demanded an explanation from senior Department of Corrections officials but has had no reply from them over the matter.

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