Surachai Danwattananusorn, a leader of the Red Siam group of left-wing red shirts, has received a royal pardon and will be released from prison this afternoon, United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) chairwoman Tida Thawornseth said on Thursday.
Surachai, 71, was arrested and charged with five counts of lese majeste under Section 112 of the Criminal Code. The Criminal Court convicted and sentenced him to a total of 12 years and six months in jail.
Ms Tida said that Surachai would be released from the Bangkok Remand Prison on Thursday afternoon.
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