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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:36 am | Updated: 3:14 pm, Thu Jul 3, 2014.

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand has sentenced a man to two months in prison and a 6,000 baht ($185) fine in the first case to be concluded involving a protester against last month's military coup. The jail sentence was suspended because the man admitted his guilt.

A Bangkok district court found Weerayuth Kongkanatan guilty on Thursday of violating a martial law statute making political gatherings of more than five people punishable by a jail term of up to one year and a fine of 20,000 baht ($615). He had taken part in a protest by several hundred people in Bangkok on May 23, the day after the coup. Initial public protests against the takeover have faded in the face of the military's repression.

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