18 core Redshirt leaders stand trial in Military Court for defiance of military junta’s order

Redshirt leader Jatuporn Phromphan and 17 other core leaders and activists stood trial in the Bangkok Military Court on Wednesday morning for defying the order of the National Council for Peace and Order in 2016.

Apart from Jatuporn, the leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) who was chained on his leg and escorted by soldiers from the Bangkok Remand Prison where he is serving jail sentence, others seen standing trial included Nattawut Saikur, Mrs Thida Thavornset, Weng Tochirakarn, Yongyut Tiyaphairat, Korkaew Pikulthong, and Virakarn Musikapong.

They were charged by the military for holding political assembly of more than five people after they held a press conference at Imperial Department Store in June 2016 to announce the formation of the Centre for the Suppression of Referendum Fraud.

Jatuporn was greeted by a group of supporters in front of the court as he walked pass them to the court room holding a chain which was tied to his left leg.

They were attending to hear testimonies by the military prosector on the violation of the military junta’s order.