Suthep, PDRC members appear in Criminal Court

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Suthep Thaugsuban and members of the now-defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee arrive at the Criminal Court in Bangkok, Tuesday, May 14.
Suthep Thaugsuban and members of the now-defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee arrive at the Criminal Court in Bangkok, Tuesday, May 14.

Bangkok – Veteran politician and former secretary-general of the now-defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), Suthep Thaugsuban, and 30 other core members of the PDRC, arrived at the Criminal Court on Tuesday for a witness hearing after they were indicted on multiple charges stemming from anti-government protests at the Office of the Attorney-General.

Suthep and the PDRC members have been indicted on charges of criminal association, obstructing other people from voting in a general election, trespassing on state buildings, and insurrection.

Suthep said he was concerned about the case since it happened a long time ago and finding witnesses and collecting evidence is now difficult. However, he said that the PDRC members will all fight the charges in accordance with the judicial process.

On January 24, 2019, the Office of the Attorney-General arraigned nine former PDRC members on charges relating to the anti-Yingluck Shinawatra government protests in 2013 and 2014. They were charged with inciting people to join their protests and activities aimed at toppling the Yingluck administration, setting up both armed and unarmed forces to invade government agencies, inciting public members, workers and government officials to go on strike, and conspiring to commit terrorism by using force to cause harm to people, and obstructing election officials and voters.

The Attorney-General also charged Suthep and Chumpol Jullasai with acts of terrorism. In total, 58 suspects are accused in this case. The charges were dropped against one suspect, Picharn Sukparungsee.