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WeVo leader Toto granted bail
PoliticsApr 02. 2021Piyarat Chongthep
By THE NATION
The Criminal Court temporarily released We Volunteer (WeVo) leader Piyarat “Toto” Chongthep on Friday under the proviso that he does not instigate any violence.
Piyarat was among other WeVo members arrested on March 6 near Bangkok’s Major Cineplex Ratchayothin.
Police arrested up to 18 activists that day, whisking them away in four vehicles, two of which were stormed by protesters. The one carrying Piyarat was reportedly abandoned by the driver after it was mobbed by protesters.
The WeVo leader then surrendered to Phaholyothin police because he did not wish to be accused of fleeing arrest. The Thai Lawyers for Human Rights was informed that the other detainees had been taken to the Border Police Region 1 in Pathum Thani province.
Police had initially planned to slap several charges on Piyarat, including holding an illegal gathering, violating the emergency decree, the Communicable Disease Act, planning to attack police and instigating violence.
However, he was only found guilty of holding an illegal gathering and since the penalty for this charge is not severe, the court decided to release him on a Bt45,000 bail guarantee.