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Two years’ jail time for red-shirt protesters for possessing grenades during 2014 protests

The Criminal Court on Friday read its verdict in a case filed by the Criminal Case Prosecutor Office against Krisada Chaikhai, aged 49 years, and Phassanai Phanas, 45, members of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship, also known as red shirts, for violating the Arms Control Act BE 2530 during the mass protests in 2014.

The two were arrested with 20 anti-personnel fragmentation grenades in Bangkok’s Bang Sue district and had confessed to their crimes.

The court gave two years’ prison time to both defendants, reducing the original sentence of four years due to their confession and cooperation with the investigation. However, only Phassanai will serve the two-year sentence as Krisada, on March 12, had already been given a life sentence by the Criminal Court for throwing a grenade on a stage during a rally of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, also known as yellow shirts, on January 19, at Victory Monument, resulting in one death and 26 injured.

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