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UDD wants internat’l observers at trial

Posted by arnon_k On January - 5 - 2011

The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship will ask the Criminal Court to allow the presence of observers from the International Criminal Court at the trial of red-shirt leaders charged with terrorism, UDD chair Thida Thavornseth said on Wednesday.

Mrs Thida said at a press conference the ICC observers would inform the world of the progress of the trial and ensure the defendants are given due justice, now they have been denied bail many times.

The latest request to seek their release on bail was rejected on Tuesday by the court, which ruled no new grounds had been presented for their release.

Mrs Thida, whose husband Weng Tojirakarn is among the seven, said the Criminal Court’s rejection of bail would be appealed.

She also announced two new members of the organisation — Dr Cherdchai Tantisiri, president of the Heart Surgeons Assocation of Thailand, and Aporn Sarakham, wife of UDD co-leader Kwanchai, who is also detained on terrorism-related charges.

She reiterated that the UDD would undergo a major restructuring. UDD committees would be set up at tambon, district, provincial and regional levels, in addition to Bangkok, in February.

Mrs Thida claimed the arrest of seven Thais by Cambodian troops was a conspiracy between the Democrat Party and the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), with the intention of retaining mass support.

During the press conference, the UDD played the full 20 minutes of the video clips of the arrest.

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