Thai military court to release 14 students ahead of trial

center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The U.N. human rights office has called for the students’ release and urged the government to review its use of laws that limit freedom of expression and assembly.The European Union has called the arrests “a disturbing development” and said civilians should not be tried in military courts.The students’ case is the latest dilemma for the government, which has come under fire for the country’s long-ignored human trafficking violations and illegal activity in the lucrative fishing industry that could lead to an EU ban on imports from Thailand.___Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories The case sparked international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta’s use of military courts to try civilians and its strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly. University professors and students joined dozens of protesters to show support for the students outside the court, across from the Grand Palace in Bangkok’s historic quarter.Amid mounting pressure, the court denied a request from police to extend the students’ pre-trial detention for 12 more days, said defense lawyer Krisadang Nutcharut. They were expected to be released Wednesday morning.Under Thai law, people can be held a maximum of 48 days without formal charges.“The court agreed with our request to release them on grounds that they have no intention to run away,” Kritsadang told reporters outside the courthouse. Journalists were not allowed to attend the hearing. “They can now go back to their studies.”In a June 25 rally, the students wrapped Bangkok’s Democracy Monument in black cloth and called for the junta to “get out.” In May, they conducted peaceful rallies in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen to mark the coup’s first anniversary. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more