No secret jail for anti-gov't "red shirts": Thai national army chief

17:00, July 14, 2010      

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Thailand's national army chief General Anupong Paochinda on Wednesday denied an allegation about secret detention centers for the anti-government "red shirts" at an Army base and the Border Patrol Police (BPP) camp in the central Kanchanaburi province, the Nation online reported.

"I can confirm there are no "red shirts" under secret detention, " General Anupong said.

Anupong also said that neither the military nor the BPP held the "red shirts" in Kanchanaburi.

On July 7, Thailand's leading opposition Puea Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said that he was ready to provide information on 11 "red shirts" allegedly being detained at a military camp in Kanchanaburi to the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES).

"I have not distorted the information. The "red shirts" who had been detained filed a complaint with the Puea Thai Party asking for assistance. They said another 11 "red shirts" are being detained at a military camp in Kanchanaburi," the Bangkok Post's website quoted superstar-turned politician Prompong as saying.

Prompong remarked that the Puea Thai Party was ready to jointly investigate the allegation with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

A number of the anti-government "red shirts" surrendered to concerned authorities after their over-two-month-long rally in capital Bangkok ended on May 19.

The death toll from a series of violent clashes between the red- shirted protesters and troops during March 12 to May 19 stood at 88 and 1,885 others were wounded.

Source: Xinhua


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