Eight anti-government political activists bailed out


BANGKOK, Feb 21 – Eight anti-government protesters were bailed out of police detention but were warned by the Criminal Court against getting involved in further political unrest.

Police opposed to the temporary freedom of the eight members of the People’s Army Group and Thai Energy Reform Network, but the court decided that they could be bailed as the punishment for their offences was not too harsh.

Bond for each suspect was Bt100,000.

The court ordered them not to instigate other people or get involved in political conflicts, or their bail could be revoked.

Ravee Maschamadol, Tossapol Kaewthima and six other leaders of the People’s Army and Energy Reform Network — Thaweesilp Prateep, Woradet Mektraipop, Booncherd Jitreechua, Nippon Saiphuan, Anothai Poomjaeng and Wicharn Phuwihan — led protesters to seal off the Ministry of Energy and the PTT headquarters on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road and were arrested during a police operation on Tuesday to retake the area.