6 June 2024

A Criminal Court has postponed its ruling on former key members of the now-defunct People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), who are accused of laying siege to Bangkok’s Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi International Airports in 2008.

Sondhi Limthongkul, one of PAD leaders arrives at the Criminal Court on Monday.

The Court said the delay is because the four defendants were not present at the hearing today and ordered them to appear on January 17.

File photo : Anchalee Paireerak, one of PAD core members.

When public prosecutors filed the lawsuit against the group 15 years ago, there were 32 defendants (including ASTV Co, Ltd), but one has already died.

File photo : Late Somkiat Pongpaibul, a former leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy

The public prosecutors allege that 28 defendants, including Chamlong Srimuang, committed acts of terrorism and rebellion between November 24 and December 3, 2008, as they led protesters to seize the airports.

The prosecutors also sought as huge amount in compensation for the alleged damage to the airport during the seizure.