Court postponed yet again case on Yellow Shirts occupy & seizure of Thailand’s airports

English: 5 leaders of People's Alliance for De...

English: 5 leaders of People’s Alliance for Democracy in 2006 (from left: Somsak Kosaisuk, Pipop Thongchai, Sondhi Limthongkul, Somkiet Phongpaibul and Chamlong Srimuang) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Local press reports Thailand‘s Criminal Court has postponed until Dec 2, making this about the 20th postponement of the case, in the examination of evidence and testimonies from the 96 Yellow Shirts who occupied Thailand’s Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports in November and December 2008. The defendants are charged with offences including terrorism, illegal assembly, use of violence to create unrest, and violation of emergency law and the Aviation Act. Of the 96 defendants, 93 including Maj Gen Chamlong Srimuang and Sondhi Limthongkul attended court as scheduled. But three defendants were unable to make the court appearance, one due to illness and two due to urgent personal business. As ridiculous as it sounds, the court said since three of the defendants were unable to attend and many of the others are yet to appoint lawyers for their defence, the court postponed the case. Most neutral observer of Thailand says Thailand’s justice system is part of the elite establishment rule of Thailand.


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