Thai 'Red Shirt' MP jailed after bail revoked on terrorism charges

Published on Nov 30, 2012 8:30 PM
 
Thai Red Shirt leader and Member of Parliament Korkaew Pikulthong addresses media representatives as he arrives at a criminal court in Bangkok on November 29, 2012. Pikulthong was jailed on Friday after a court revoked his bail on terrorism charges linked to the demonstrations. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - A lawmaker who was among the key leaders of Thailand's "Red Shirt" street protests in 2010 was jailed on Friday after a court revoked his bail on terrorism charges linked to the demonstrations.

The Criminal Court said ruling-party MP Korkaew Pikulthong had broken his bail terms in July by inciting "unrest and chaos" when he threatened judges not to rule against the government on a key constitutional amendment.

Mr Korkaew - one of several Red Shirts who won a seat in last year's elections that swept ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra's political allies to power - was taken to Bangkok Remand Prison after the hearing.

He is among 24 Red Shirt leaders due to go on trial next month for their roles in the 2010 rallies, which at their height drew around 100,000 people, mostly Thaksin supporters.

 
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