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Thai protest leaders sentenced to 2 years in prison for anti-government rally in 2008

  • FILE - In this April 29, 2013 file photo, Co-leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) Sondhi Limthongkul arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand when he and more than 90 other PAD or Yellow Shirt group members were at the court to hear the airport seizure charges filed against them following their anti-government rally in 2008. Six prominent protest leaders in Thailand, including Sondhi,  were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday, May 28, 2015 for storming the prime minister's office compound during massive anti-government rallies in 2008 in part of the political turmoil that has plagued the country in the past decade. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong, File)

    FILE - In this April 29, 2013 file photo, Co-leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) Sondhi Limthongkul arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand when he and more than 90 other PAD or Yellow Shirt group members were at the court to hear the airport seizure charges filed against them following their anti-government rally in 2008. Six prominent protest leaders in Thailand, including Sondhi, were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday, May 28, 2015 for storming the prime minister's office compound during massive anti-government rallies in 2008 in part of the political turmoil that has plagued the country in the past decade. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 29, 2013 file photo, co-leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) Chamlong Srimuang arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand when he and more than 90 other PAD or Yellow Shirt group members were at the court to hear the airport seizure charges file against them following their anti-government rally in 2008. Six prominent protest leaders in Thailand, including Chamlong, were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday, May 28, 2015 for storming the prime minister's office compound during massive anti-government rallies in 2008 in part of the political turmoil that has plagued the country in the past decade. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong, File)

    FILE - In this April 29, 2013 file photo, co-leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) Chamlong Srimuang arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand when he and more than 90 other PAD or Yellow Shirt group members were at the court to hear the airport seizure charges file against them following their anti-government rally in 2008. Six prominent protest leaders in Thailand, including Chamlong, were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday, May 28, 2015 for storming the prime minister's office compound during massive anti-government rallies in 2008 in part of the political turmoil that has plagued the country in the past decade. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Thai court has sentenced six prominent anti-government protest leaders to two years in prison for storming the prime minister's office compound seven years ago.

A Criminal Court judge says former media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul and five other leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy were guilty of trespassing at the Government House during a 2008 rally.

Thousands of protesters, also known as the Yellow Shirts, took over the premier's office and occupied the grounds for weeks, calling for the prime minister to quit.

The protest leaders also led a two-week seizure of Bangkok airports, but have not been charged for that.

The court says it reduced the leaders' original sentence of three years' imprisonment because of the defendants' cooperation.