BANGKOK, April 17 (TNA) – A lawyer representing all 24 anti-government protest leaders with outstanding arrest warrants told a senior police officer here Saturday that his clients would surrender to police on May 15 as they need time to collect money to post as bail.
Lawyer Karom Poltaklang submitted a letter to Pol Maj-Gen Amnuay Nimmano, deputy Bangkok police chief, saying that the 24 United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) leaders would turn themselves in to the police at 10am on May 15. The letter said the UDD leaders would not run away and they needed time to collect money to post as bail.
The letter said the reason that the 24 UDD leaders specified the exact date for the surrendering was to “prevent a chaos” and for the safety and benefits of all concerned parties. It also said the accused will deny police charges.
Mr Karom later told journalists that a plan by the government to file terrorism charges against the UDD leaders was absurd as it must specify the accused persons, witnesses and evidence clearly. And if the government does file terrorism charges against them, the accused will counter the charges by filing lawsuits against Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and those involved because “no criminal cases have ever taken place.”