27 Oct '11, 11am

Thai court jails 13 \\"Red Shirts\\" for arson

Thai court jails 13 \\"Red Shirts\\" for arson

BANGKOK: A Thai court on Thursday sentenced 13 "Red Shirt" supporters of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra to 20 years each in prison for setting fire to a provincial hall during political unrest last year. The court in northeast Mukdahan made its ruling based on photos showing the accused standing near or throwing burning tyres at the local government building in the province in May 2010, their lawyer Anon Numpa told AFP. Sixteen other suspects were acquitted for lack of evidence. Anon said he would appeal against the convictions and would ask for the 13 to be released in the meantime. "We have applied for bail for all of them," he said, adding that a ruling on the request was expected on Friday. But Anon also said he considered the sentence was "moderate" considering that arson charges can carry the death penalty. The Red Shirts held two months of protests in Bangko...

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