Pheu Thai MP/Red Shirt activist Korkaew set to appeal

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BANGKOK, April 22 – A lawyer representing Pheu Thai MP/Red Shirt activist Korkaew Pikulthong said his client will appeal tomorrow after the Criminal Court rejected his bail request and sent him to prison today.

Mr Korkaew was charged with terrorism, intimidating Constitution Court judges and inciting unrest in the country in connection with 2010 anti-government Red Shirt protests.

Mr Korkaew was immediately taken to Lak Si detention centre.

His political immunity ended Saturday following the official close of the parliamentary session. The next session will open in August.

Chetsada Chandee, Korkaew’s lawyer, said he and his client agreed to appeal the court decision Tuesday afternoon, claiming the Red Shirt leader had no intention to slander the Constitutional Court judges.

The lawyer said the court will decide whether to grant bail for the Red Shirt activist or not upon his possibility to escape the prosecution.

Mr Chetsada said he will submit the civil court’s ruling which indicated that the arson attacks at CentralWorld and Zen Department Stores during the 2010 UDD demonstrations was not an act of terrorism as reference for the court’s consideration.

If the Appeals Court upholds the Criminal Court decision, the lawyer said he will appeal the case with the Supreme Court.