19 more PAD leaders set to be indicted over airport shutdown

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BANGKOK, 4 April 2013  Prosecutors have sought to indict 19 additional members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) in the Criminal Court for the seizure of Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports in 2008. 

The 19 who are expected to be charged with terrorism in connection with the airports’ blockade and illegal assembly include Chaemsri Sukchokerat, Montra Chuchuen and Chaiyawat Sinsuwong.

The court has accepted the case and scheduled a hearing on April 29, the same date that PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul and other core members are set to provide statements to the court. There are altogether 114 people who will face charges relating to illegal assembly, forced restriction to deprive people of the freedom of movement and violation of emergency decree.

The defense lawyer has subsequently filed a bail request with assets worth 600,000 baht each as guarantee.

The airports’ shutdown was concluded on Dec 2, 2008 when the Constitution Court ordered the dissolution of the People Power, Chart Thai and Matchimathipatai parties.