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Court finds NDM members not guilty of campaigning against referendum

Five members of the New Democracy Movement and a reporter of Prachathai online newspaper were on Monday (Jan 29) acquitted by the Ratchaburi provincial court of charges of preparing to distribute documents to urge people to stay away from voting in the referendum on the 2016 Constitution.

The court, however, found them guilty of defying an order of the National Council for Peace and Order regarding fingerprinting and fined Mr Thaveesak Kerdpreecha, Prachathai online reporter 1,000 baht while the four other members of the New Democracy Movement were each fined 500 baht.

The court also dropped the other charges against them.

The court noted that there was no evidence suggesting that the group distributed stickers or documents to campaign against the referendum.

Also, the court noted that the stickers were of the same type with the one attached on the shirt of Mr Boriboon Kiangwarangkoon, a core member of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, which was not unusual as they shared common political ideology.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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