Activist Rangsiman Rome reports to police in Muang district in Khon Kaen province on Sunday to hear an illegal assembly charge and is later bailed. (Photo by Chakkrapan Natanri)

KHON KAEN: Democracy activist Rangsiman Rome reported to Khon Kaen police on Sunday to hear an illegal assembly charge and was released on 10,000-baht bail.

On Saturday, Mr Rangsiman and two other pro-election protest leaders — Sirawith Seritiwat and lawyer Arnon Nampa — joined a protest near Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue despite the Criminal Court issuing arrest warrants against them on Friday for violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) ban on political gatherings by taking part in the skywalk rally in Pathumwan district on Jan 27.

They later reported to Pathumwan police in response to the warrants on Saturday night.

Earlier in the morning, Aekachai Hongkangwan, another activist wanted on the same charge, was arrested at his house in Bangkok and taken to Pathumwan police station.

About midnight on Saturday, the four were released on 100,000-baht bail each. 

After the release, Mr Rangsiman was taken by police to Khon Kaen where another warrant had been issued for his arrest for taking part in a rally at the agriculture faculty of Khon Kaen University on July 31, 2016, ahead of the charter referendum on Aug 7, 2016.

At 2pm on Sunday, Mr Rangsiman was taken to report to Pol Lt Col Wissanu Saengkham, a Muang police investigator, when he was charged with violating the NCPO ban on political gatherings of five or more people. 

He was released after Thanapruek Chamarat, a lecturer of Khon Kaen University’s faculty of humanities and social science, submitted a bail request with 10,000-baht collateral.

The activist said he is required to report to the prosecutors of the military court of the 23rd Military Circle on March 23.

(Video YouTube/Al Jazeera English)

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