CHIANG RAI – A military court in Chiang Rai Province on Thursday sentenced an anti-coup protester, Sarawut Kulmaturapot to three months in jail and fine of 5,000 baht, with the jail term suspended for one year. This is the first verdict given by a military court in cases related to the 22 May Coup.
Sarawut Kulmaturapot, a Chiang Rai red-shirt supporter, was charged with defying an order of the coup-making junta by organizing an anti-coup event at a McDonald’s in a mall in the province on 25 May, parallel to a gathering at a McDonald’s at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong intersection. He pleaded guilty.
While Sarawut was not arrested at the scene, seven other protesters were arrested at the fast-food restaurant and now also face trial in a military court.
Weerayuth was arrested on 23 May 2014, a day after the coup, while he was protesting against the coup at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), near Siam Square.