Protest leader Jutatip Sirikhan gets 2-month prison term for contempt of court

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A core member of Thailand’s anti-establishment group “Redem”, Jutatip “Ua” Sirikhan , was sentenced to two months in prison today (Wednesday), suspended for two years, by the Criminal Court after she was found guilty of committing contempt during a protest in front of the court on May 2nd.

Four more of the group’s protesters, which is an offshoot of the Ratsadon umbrella group, were also found guilty for their involvement in the protest, which started at the Victory Monument and ended up at the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road in Bangkok.

Some protesters were accused of pelting the court’s name plate and courtyard with eggs, tomatoes and red liquid during the protest.

The court found all five guilty of contempt of court, but imposed various prison terms. All denied the charges. Three of them were given two months each, which was reduced to 40 days due to their useful testimonies.

Jutatip’s sentence was suspended for two years, on the condition that she reports to probation officials once every three months. For the other four, their prison time was changed to terms of detention, which means that they will have no permanent record of imprisonment.


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