Court rejected police application to continue holding protest leader Panasaya on remand

The Pathumwan District Court rejected a Thai police application, for protest leader Panasaya “Rung” Sitthijirawattanakul to continue to be held on remand. However, court has allowed the police another six days to complete the preparation of the case with public prosecutors.

Police want Panasaya to remain held on remand relating to offences they allege she committed during the protests at the Pathumwan Skywalk, on June 5th and June 22nd. The then protest was demanding justice for Wanchalerm Satsaksit, an anti-monarchist who was abducted in Cambodia and has not been seen since. She is also charged with offences relating to the reading of a Khana Ratsadon announcement.

In rejecting the police’s application, the court ruled that investigation into the two incidents had already been completed and the case files concerning her two co-defendants had already been sent to public prosecutors.

The court said it believes that there is no reason for Panasaya to attempt to flee, to interfere with evidence or to cause trouble if she were to be released, adding that she is still a student.

According to court procedure, Panasaya can now ask to be released on bail.


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