Prosecutor drops charges against pro-election demonstrators

Public prosecutor has decided not to prosecute 28 pro-election demonstrators, reasoning that their prosecution would not be in the public interest. Pathumwan police charged 39 people for defying Public Assembly Act and National Council for Peace and Order’s head order 3/2558 for holding rally at sky walk in Bangkok’s Pathumwan intersection on Jan 27 demanding military junta leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to keep his promise to hold general election in November this year. On March 7, police forwarded the cases of 28 protesters to the public prosecutors as two protesters earlier confessed to the charges while nine others are protest leaders who also faced incitement of unrest charge in accordance with Section 116 of the Criminal Code, therefore, their cases are being proceeded separately. The Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), which provided legal assistance to the group, reported on its website that the public prosecutor notified the accused on Friday (March...


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