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Thai army urged to probe torture allegations

Published on Aug 5, 2014 6:52 PM
 
Pro-government ''Red shirt'' activists leave their protest rally venue on an army truck after it was shut it down by the Thai army and cleared of all protesters, after Thailand's army chief announced that the armed forces were seizing power, on the outskirts of Bangkok on May 22, 2014. Rights groups on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014, urged Thailand's military rulers to probe allegations a "Red Shirt" activist was tortured during her near one-month detention by soldiers after the coup. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Rights groups on Tuesday urged Thailand's military rulers to probe allegations a 'Red Shirt' activist was tortured during her near one-month detention by soldiers after the coup.

The army has summoned, detained and warned hundreds of political opponents including Red Shirt supporters of the toppled former government as they smother dissent across the country in the wake of their seizure of power on May 22.

In a video released on YouTube, Kritsuda Khunasen, 27, accused her captors of keeping her blindfolded, tied up and interrogating her under duress between May 27 and June 24.

She was held incommunicado and without charge for much longer than the seven days permitted under the martial law invoked by the army shortly before its power grab. Kritsuda was released without charge.

 
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