Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Jatuporn, Nisit released on bail

The Criminal Court on Tuesday approved bail applications and granted the temporary release for Pheu Thai MP Jatuporn Promphan and red-shirt leader Nisit Sinthuprai.

The bail took place one day after the Election Commission endorsed Jatuporn's MP status following the July 3 vote.

The bond was set at Bt600,000 each. And the bail was granted along with the ban for travelling abroad withough a prior approval.

Before the bail hearing, Jatuporn donated Bt17,000 to free the cattle destined for slaughterhouse.

Defence lawyer Winyat Chatmontri said the defence opted to seek bail in lieu of citing parliamentary immunity because the temporary release would have no time limit while the immunity would last only 120 days as per the House session.

Jatuporn and Nisit was under remand since May on ground for violating their bail condidions in connection with the Apirl 2 rally. Nisit walked into his remand cell for a second time since the last year's riots. Jatuporn was in custody for the first time since he previously cited MP status from the last general election for his release.

For Nisit's second release, the defence argued that his wife was just elected MP, hence there was no reason to suspect risk for fleeing.

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