Protest leader Mike Rayong remanded in custody after court denies him bail
The Criminal Court has rejected the bail application from Panupong Jardnok, alias Mike Rayong, this evening. Panupong will have to be remanded at the Bangkok Remand Prison for 12 days, 19 to 30 October.
In denying bail to Panupong, the Court said that the suspect is facing serious charges and he may rejoin protests and cause unrest in the country if he is released on bail.
Panupong is facing charges of sedition and damaging state property for his role in the September 19th protests, at Thammasat University and Sanam Luang, when he allegedly led protesters to break into the university and installed a duplicate plaque of the Khana Ratsadon in Sanam Luang.
The Khana Ratsadon was a group, of mostly foreign-educated civil servants and military officers, who rebelled against King Prajadhipok’s administration, leading to the absolute monarchy of the time being replaced by a constitutional monarchy in 1932.
The Criminal Court, in the meantime, also rejected the bail application of a political activist, who is charged with harassing Her Majesty the Queen. The suspect was taken to Bangkok Special Prison to be held on remand for 12 days.
It is reported that the Phra Khanong Criminal Court has also issued warrants for the arrests of six people, for allegedly damaging a traffic control panel and a police kiosk, at Bang Na intersection, during the protest on Saturday.