The lawyer of detained Red Shirt leader Arisman Pongruangrong resubmitted his request seeking temporary release on bail for his client, and the court set a bail hearing for Wednesday morning.
Wasuthep Srisoda, Mr Arisman’s lawyer, said he filed the second bail bid for the hardliner activist of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on three cases.
Mr Wasuthep explained that for the terrorism case, Sansanee Nuansanit posted Bt4 million as collateral, while for the defamation cases against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and deputy metropolitan police chief Pol Maj Gen Amnuay Nimmano, Mr Arisman’s wife, Rapeepan Pongruangrong, now a Pheu Thai party-list MP, offered her position as MP as bail bond.
The lawyer said he explained to the court the reasons for his client’s year-long flight, saying the action was taken for his safety as Mr Arisman twice received death threats and both were recorded at police stations, one in Chiang Rai province and another at Huaykwang police station in Bangkok.
The court set a bail hearing on Wednesday at 10am and Mr Arisman, now detained in Bangkok Remand Prison, will attend the hearing at the court.
The fugitive Red Shirt activist surrendered to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) last Thursday and submitted his request for bail with a Bt1.2 million bail bond.
The Criminal Court however rejected his first bail bid, citing concern over his possible flight after he had been at large for a long period of time and sent to Bangkok Remand Prison immediately after the court order.
Mr Arisman was among 19 Red Shirt leaders, including fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, charged with terrorism for their alleged roles in instigating the crowd to move towards chaos and violence to topple the then Abhisit Vejjajiva government during the Feb-May, 2010, anti-government protests. (MCOT online news)
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