Four UDD co-leaders given shorter jailterms by Appeals Court

The Appeals Court has decided to change the imprisonments handed down on four leading figures of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship from four years and four months each to two years and eight months over their role in leading the siege of the residence of General Prem Tinsulanonda in 2006.

The four UDD co-leaders are Veerakarn Musikapong, Natthawuth Saikua, Weng Tochirakarn and Viphuthalaeng Pattanapoomthai.

The Appeals Court faulted the four defendants for instigating chaos and illegal assembly of more than ten people and imposed four years imprisonment on each of them before commuting the jailterm to two years and eight months.

The Appeals Court upheld the lower court’s two years and eight months jailterm on the fifth defendant, Nopparut Worachitwuthikul.

Only July 22, 2006, thousands of red-shirt supporters laid siege to the residence of General Prem, president of the Privy Council, at Ban Si Sao Thewet to pressure him to resign from the post.

During a brief face-off with police guarding the residence, Nopparut was alleged to have used a flag pole to assault Pol Cpt Thaveesak Namjanjiam who suffered a broken wrist bone.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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