Red Siam leader and lese majeste convict Surachai Danwattananusorn has been granted a royal pardon and will be released from prison after serving three years, according to Thai media reports.
Also known as Surachai Sae Dan, he was found guilty of offending the monarchy in a series of speeches he gave at the red-shirt protests from 2008 to 2011 and was sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison.
Some 200 red shirt supporters and rights activists showed up at Bangkok’s Remand Prison after red-shirt United Front for Democracy leaders announced that the 72-year-old Surachai would be released Thursday, according to a Bangkok Post report.
The crowd was forced to return home, however, when Corrections Department officials informed them they had not yet received the release order.
The royal pardon had evidently been granted, but the release was still being processed. Image/asiapacific.anu.edu.au