Thai officials visit anti-gov't detainees to hear complaints

17:49, October 13, 2010      

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A group of Thai officials on Wednesday visited detainees suspected of having connection with the violence during the anti-government protest in April and May.

The team of officials, led by Director-General of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department Suwana Suwannajutha, visited the detainees at Bangkok Remand Prison to hear any complaints.

The team included representatives of the Department of Special Investigation, National Human Rights Commission and House of Representatives.

Suwana said five teams were set up by the Justice Ministry to visit red-shirt suspects being detained at prisons all over the country, adding that the team's mission is to visit 59 suspects detained at Bangkok Remand Prison, Bangkok Post online reported Wednesday.

Of the total, he said, only 38 of them agreed to be interviewed by the team and 21 core members of anti-government red-shirt supporters charged with terrorism refused to see them.

Of the 38 people who agreed to be interviewed, 12 of them complained about injustice, 21 wanted to be freed on bail and three wanted to be provided with a lawyer. Others complained about their health problems and wanted help provided for their families.

All of the visited detainees were asked to fill in a questionnaire about the circumstances of their cases and assistance needed.

The teams will report their conclusions to the justice minister and the prime minister, Suwana said.

The latest chronic protest by the red-shirts, causing 91 deaths and nearly 2,000 injuries, was held from March 14 to May 19. The anti-government protestors occupied Bangkok's central business zone for more than one month and called for the government to dissolve the parliament and hold fresh election. The demonstration ended after a week-long confrontation with the troops and many red- shirt core members were charged with terrorism.

Source: Xinhua


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