Thai police to detain 2 foreigners for 3 more days

11:20, June 15, 2010      

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A Thai judge on Monday gave police three more days to detain two foreigners arrested for allegedly violating an emergency decree during the "red shirt" protests, the Nation online reported.

Briton Jeff Savage and Australian Conor Purcell were separately arrested and held for alleged breaking the emergency laws imposed in the capital Bangkok and surrounding provinces during the street clashes and arsons in May.

Police requested the judge extend their detention for an additional seven days, but the judge authorized an extension of only three more days.

Purcell told the Court, "I object to staying in a jail cell like a criminal with rapists and murderers when I have not been accused of anything."

Purcell, 30, a former Perth resident was a regular speaker on stages of the "red shirt" protesters at the Rajprasong rally site in central Bangkok.

Savage, 48, was detained for allegedly inciting or participating in arson. A video footage showed him stating his intention to set fire to the CentralWorld shopping mall. The arson broke up in central Bangkok after the "red shirt" leaders surrendered to police on May 19.

The death toll from a series of violent clashes between the " red-shirt" UDD protesters and troops during March 12 to May 19 in central Bangkok stood at 88 as some 1,885 others were wounded.

Source: Xinhua


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