Appeals Court upholds 34-year jail sentences for 4 red shirts in Ubon

On 2 May, the Appeals Court Region 3 in Ubon Ratchathani pronounced its verdict in the case of red shirts accused of torching the provincial hall during the unrest on 19 May 2010.

The Appeals Court upheld the previous court’s decision to sentence Patthama Munnin (female), Thirawat Satjasuwan, Sanong Ketsuwan, and Somsak Prasansap to 34 years in prison.
 
In August 2011, the Court of First Instance initially sentenced them to life imprisonment for terrorism and arson, among other charges, but reduced the penalties to one third due to their useful cooperation.  
 
They are currently imprisoned in Lak Si prison in Bangkok.  They have been denied bail since their arrests in 2010.
 
The Appeals Court also upheld the sentences on 7 other defendants: two acquitted, one imprisoned for one year, and four imprisoned for two years.
 
However, On-anong Banphachat (female) was given two years’ imprisonment, increased from the previous sentence of 8 months, and Sumali Sichinda (female), who had been acquitted by the Court of First Instance, was sentenced to two years in prison.
 
List of 21 defendants in the case:
 
1. Phichet Thabutda. The Appeals Court upheld the previous sentence of one-year imprisonment.  As he had been imprisoned for 15 months, he was immediately released, pending the public prosecutor’s decision to appeal.
 
2. On-anong Banphachat. Her previous sentence of 8 months’ imprisonment was increased to two years by the Appeals Court.  
 
3. Sumali Sichinda. She had been acquitted on all charges by the Court of First Instance, but was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment by the Appeals Court.  
 
4. Pradit Bunsuk. The Appeals Court upheld the previous sentence of two years’ imprisonment.
 
5. Patthama Munnin. The Appeals Court upheld the previous sentence of 34 years’ imprisonment.
 
6. Sithon Thongma. Acquitted of all charges by the Court of First Instance in 2011.
 
7. Likhit Sutthiphan. The Appeals Court upheld the previous sentence of two years’ imprisonment.
 
8. Bunrian Lila. Acquitted of all charges by the Court of First Instance in 2011.
 
9. Thirawat Satjasuwan. The Appeals Court upheld the previous sentence of 34 years’ imprisonment.
 
10. Ubon Saenthawisuk. He had been sentenced by the Court of First Instance to 8 months’ imprisonment, after being in prison for 15 months.
 
11. Chatchawan Srichanda. Acquitted by the both courts.
 
12. Sanong Ketsuwan. The Appeals Court upheld the previous sentence of 34 years’ imprisonment.
 
13. Thawon Saengthawisuk. Acquitted by the Court of First Instance.
 
14. Thanusin Thanuthong. Acquitted by the Court of First Instance.
 
15. Suphot Duang-ngam. He had been sentenced by the Court of First Instance to 8 months’ imprisonment, after being in prison for 15 months.
 
16. Somjit Sutthiphan. Acquitted by both courts.
 
17. Somsak Prasansap. The Appeals Court upheld the previous sentence of 34 years’ imprisonment.
 
18. Chaiya Disaeng. The Appeals Court upheld the previous sentence of two years’ imprisonment, after being in prison for one year and 9 months.
 
19. Phisit But-amkha. The Appeals Court upheld the previous sentence of two years’ imprisonment.
 
20. Khamploi Nami. Acquitted by the Court of First Instance.
 
21. Pongsak On-in. Acquitted by the Court of First Instance.