Yingluck supporters won’t be banned: Army chief

Supporters of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra will not be banned from turning up at the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions to give her moral support on July 21, the last day of the examination of defence witnesses in the rice-pledging case against her, Gen Chalermchai Sittisart said on Tuesday (July 4).

Gen Chalermchai said he expected a large number of Ms Yingluck supporters to turn up at the court on that day when the case is scheduled to conclude.

He said usually police and peace-keeping military officers are deployed at the court for each hearing.

But if the supporters wanted to stage a rally or hold a gathering for some activities, they would have to seek permission from the authorities according to the law.

There should not be any problems for the supporters to show up only to give Ms Yingluck moral support as they already know what they should do to avoid violence, Gen Chalermchai said.

Police would be mainly used for security on that day, with support from a military peace-keeping force, he added.