Red-shirt activist Kritsuda Khunasen releasedSubmitted by editor1 on Tue, 24/06/2014 - 15:55
Red-shirt activist Kritsuda Khunasen was reportedly released from detention on Tuesday after she was detained for more than 20 days at an undisclosed location amid rumours that she had been tortured.
Kritsuda reportedly appeared at the Crime Suppression Division (CSD). She went to the CSD to bail her boyfriend who was also detained by the military and charged with illegal possession of arms.
The military took Kritsuda from her house in eastern Chonburi province more than 20 days ago. No one was able to contact her since and it was not known where she was detained.
The video shows Kritsuda with her boyfriend supposedly at the Crime Suppression Division. Kirtsuda told the cameraman that she was well-treated and dismissed rumours of her being killed. Video by Kamol Yam-uthai on Youtube. Prachatai does not own the video.
After the Washington DC-based Human Rights Watch issued a statement calling for the junta to reveal her whereabouts, the junta issued a summons order for her on 17 June. The junta’s spokesman later admitted that Kritsuda had been detained by the military and her whereabouts were not revealed to help her “meditate”.
On Tuesday night, the 27-year-old activist appeared in a news programme on Army TV Channel 5 saying that she has been very happy and had requested the military to keep her under the military’s watch after seven days for “safety reasons”.
According to Martial Law, now imposed across the country, the authorities may detain individuals only as long as is necessary and for no longer than 7 days. “The detention of Ms. Kritsuda subsequent to 4 June 2014 is illegal detention. As Ms. Kritsuda remains in military detention, this illegal detention is ongoing,” said the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in a statement released on Tuesday morning.