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Court Cuts Jail Time of Yellowshirts For Occupying Gov House

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The Government House of Thailand seized by PAD members

The Government House in Bangkok during the siege by Yellow Shirts anti-government demonstrators in August 2008. Photo: Craig Martell.

BANGKOK — The Appeals Court on Monday reduced jail terms given to six Yellowshirt leaders convicted for occupying the Government House during political unrest nine years ago.

Sentences for the six, who led supporters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, or PAD, to seize the prime minister’s seat of power for over three months, were lowered to eight months from the two years they originally received two years ago. In its ruling, the court said their actions were not intended to serve their interests or that of any certain group.

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By Sasiwan Mokkhasen
Khaosod English

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