A taxi driver who held a placard to show support of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan at a rally in front of the Defence Ministry last week was on Monday fined 3,000 baht for illegal public assembly and for gathering within 150-metre radius of the Office of the Royal Household.
The defendant, 54-year old Adul, claimed that he went to the Lak Muang Shrine to pay respect to the shrine and, when he found out about a rally at the Defence Ministry to support General Prawit, he immediately joined the demonstration for his personal preference of the deputy prime minister.
He also claimed that he grabbed the placard from one of the demonstrators and he didn’t find the statement in the placard offensive. He admitted he didn’t know that the gathering was illegal.
The Dusit District Court, however, found Adul guilty and fined him 6,000 baht which was eventually halved due to his confession.