Thailand politician Pita Limjaroenrat sentenced to jail for unlawful 2019 opposition rally – JURIST


A Thai court docket handed down a suspended sentence on Monday to political determine Pita Limjaroenrat for an unlawful rally held in 2019. Limjaroenrat was sentenced alongside seven different people concerned together with his political get together, the Transfer Ahead Get together (beforehand the Future Ahead Get together).

The case centred on a rally led by the then Future Ahead Get together (FFP) on December 14, 2019, to name for former prime minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha to resign. It was the most important protest in Thailand because the 2014 navy coup, happening at a key Bangkok intersection, Pathumwam intersection, which was inside 150 meters of Pathumwan Palace. The rally impacted practice providers and prevented the general public from utilizing the realm.

Following the trial at Pathumwan District Court docket, eight people have been sentenced alongside Limjaroenrat. These people included enterprise government Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, member of parliament Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, FFP spokesperson Pannika Wanich, former election candidate of FFP Pairattachote Chantarakajon, Nattha Mahatthana, Thanawat Wongchai and Parit Chiwarak. All of them obtained sentences of two months, suspended for 2 years because of their lack of legal report and the political motivation of the rally. The court docket additionally fined the people 20,200 baht for staging a rally with out prior discover and utilizing a loudspeaker with out a allow. All these sentenced concerning the rally have said they want to enchantment the choice.

The Transfer Ahead Get together is a well-liked political get together amongst younger voters in Thailand because of its liberal insurance policies, gaining many seats in 2023 however failing to seat its prime ministerial candidate. The get together was created after the Constitutional Court docket dissolved the FFP in February 2020. This trial adopted shortly after the Constitutional Court docket of Thailand held that the Transfer Ahead Get together’s makes an attempt to vary the nation’s royal insult legislation have been unlawful.

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