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Thai court postpones 'Red Shirt' terror trial

Published on Aug 9, 2012 3:02 PM
Members of "red shirt" movement react to a speech from a stage during their gathering at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on June 24, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - The trial of Thai "Red Shirt" leaders accused of terrorism in connection with deadly unrest in 2010 which spilt the kingdom was postponed on Thursday while hundreds of their supporters gathered outside the court.

Twenty-four Red Shirt figures, including five serving lawmakers, were ordered to return for trial in November because under Thai law they enjoy immunity from prosecution while parliament is in session, Bangkok Criminal Court heard.

"The court has agreed to postpone the hearing until the parliament session ends on Nov 28 Nov," an unnamed judge said, adding the trial will have to be suspended when parliament resumes in February 2013.

Two months of anti-government protests in Bangkok in April and May 2010 by the Red Shirts triggered a series of clashes between demonstrators and troops that left more than 90 people dead - mostly civilians - and nearly 1,900 injured.

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