The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the four years jail term handed down earlier by the Appeals Court on a woman for the bombing of the Phum Jai Thai party's office in June 2011.
At yesterday's hearing of the final verdict, the Supreme Court found Mrs Warisriya Boonsom, the 4th defendant, was guilty for cooperating with three other defendants to make and possess the bomb. She also found to assign a street vendor, Anek Singkhudthod, to carry the bomb in his pushcart to the party's office.The bomb later exploded.
Mrs Warisriya was earlier in 2013 acquitted of the charges by the Criminal Court on the benefit of doubts when other defendants gave different testimonies blaming her to be the mastermind of the June 22 bombing on the party's office.
The state prosecutor appealed the first court's ruling to acquit her and the Appeals Court later overruled the first verdict and sentenced her to four years in prison. She appealed to the Supreme Court.
At the hearing yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the four-year prison sentence handed down by the Appeal Court.
The Supreme Court said her claim that she was not a member of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) could not refute the evidences of the persecutor so the Appeals Court's sentence would be upheld.
Earlier the Criminal Court in 2013 acquitted her of charges giving her the benefit of doubt.
But in 2015 the Appeal Court found her and three others guilty of masterminding the bombing.
The court commuted their prison terms from six years to four because they gave useful testimony.
Ms Warisriya then appealed to the Supreme Court.
Others convicted in the bombing case were Detphol Phutthajong, Kamphol Khamkhong and Kobchai Boonplod . They were sentenced to four years in prison and fine for 66.66 baht.
But another suspect Suriya Phumwong was sentenced to two years and eight months but fled during the Appeal Court hearings and remain fugitives.
His guarantor was fined 500,000 baht, while the fruit vendor Anek was sentenced for life.
But he confessed the crime and his sentence was reduced to 25 years.
The bomb exploded prematurely behind the party's office, before it was properly in place.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)