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Pattaya Court releases four redshirt leaders on bails

The Pattaya Provincial Court on Friday night (Aug 18) freed four redshirt leaders after their families posted bails for their conditional release.

The four were among 13 redshirt leaders who were sentenced to four years in prison for disrupting the Pattaya ASEAN Summit on April 11, 2009.

The four prisoners were released from the Pattaya Special Prison amid warm welcome by their family members.

They are Worachai Hema, Nisit Sinthuprai, Payab Panket, and Somyos Phrompa.

Their lawyer Nattapol Panyasoong said families of the four convicts posted altogether 1.5 million baht cash as bail and was accepted by the court.

However he said Nisit would remain in prison as he still has a detention warrant issued by the military court.

But he expected Nisit could be freed next week.

He revealed further that families of three other convicts have also posted bails for their release but they have yet to hear approval by the court.

Worachai said he was happy and appreciated the court's mercy.

He said in the future he would spend time with family and make merits.

The Appeals Court upheld sentence by the Pattaya Court on March 21 this year for their involvement in disrupting the Asean Summit in April 2009.

At that time, the Thai government led by then prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, hosted the Asean Summit at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel in Pattaya, Chon Buri province.

The break-in by the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) forced the Abhisit government to cancel the summit and the participants being evacuated in dramatic run.

The Pattaya Provincial Court which is the first court sentenced them each to four years in prison on March 5, 2015.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)