Well-known protest leader in Thailand is not released on bail
The Bangkok criminal court has rejected a request for bail for Chukiat Saengwong aka Justin, a member of the pro-democracy group Ratsadon. Chukiat is in custody, on the basis of an order issued by the court.
The 30-year-old was charged with several crimes for his involvement in a series of protests, most recently on March 20, including libel and incitement under Sections 112 and 116 of the Criminal Code, as well as violating the emergency decree. .
Police allege that Chukiat insulted King Vajiralongkorn by vandalizing a portrait of His Majesty during Saturday’s demonstration before the Supreme Court on Ratchadamnoen Avenue in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district. The police had recorded the action with a camera.
Subsequently, some protesters are said to have set fire to the portrait, while others have extinguished the flames. When the police ordered the protesters to stop, the protesters started throwing ping pong bombs and catapults at officers.
During a video conference on Tuesday, Chana Songkhram police asked the criminal court for permission to detain Chukiat for 12 days pending the investigation. The court approved the police’s request.
A Member of Parliament requested the release of Chukiat on bail of 1.1 million baht. The judges refused the request for bail on the grounds that if the detainee were released, he could commit similar crimes again.