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BP: SULAK'S TRIAL: Ruling soon on
- Subject: BP: SULAK'S TRIAL: Ruling soon on
- From: suriya@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 12:21:00
May 15, 1998
Ruling soon on
The Supreme Court will rule on May 30 on whether to transfer
the trial of Sulak Sivaraksa from Thong Pha Phum District Court
to the Criminal Court in Bangkok.
Mr Sulak was arrested earlier this year and charged with
obstructing work on the Yadana gas pipeline project by staging a
sit-in protest at the site.
He submitted a request early last month for his trial to be
conducted at the Criminal Court in Bangkok instead of the
Thong Pha Phum court, citing security and the inconvenience of
travelling from Bangkok to attend hearings.
Provincial prosecutors objected, saying the case was a minor
one. If found guilty, Mr Sulak would be entitled to up to six
months in jail or a fine of not more than 1,000 baht.
The Thong Pha Phum court yesterday set May 30 to read the
Supreme Court ruling.
Mr Sulak was accompanied to the court by some 100
supporters from various democracy and environment groups.
After the session, Mr Sulak and his supporters went to the site
where he protested against the Petroleum Authority of Thailand's
gas pipeline project.
He vowed to continue to expose what he believes is the
government's damage to the environment, lack of respect for
human rights, and lack of sincerity in dealing with the problems of
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