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THAILAND COUP: Yingluck freed from military custody, CNN reports

Publication Date : 26-05-2014


Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been released from military custody, CNN reported on Monday.
The news channel reported that unnamed sources in the junta that took over Thailand, as well as a source close to Yingluck, confirmed the release.
The junta source was reported as saying that Yingluck was released after she had reported to the Thai military and had the freedom to move about and communicate, a statement which was disputed by a close aide to the former prime minister.

"I don't think she has freedom of mobility and communication," the source reportedly said.

Yingluck, her sister and brother-in-law were detained by the Thai military on Friday, along with more than 100 people including activists and politicians.

On Thursday, Thailand's army chief seized power in a military coup, deposing the elected government and plunging the country into uncertainty after months of deadly political strife.

General Prayut Chan-O-Cha made the announcement in a televised address to the nation, saying the powerful armed forces had to act to restore stability in the deeply divided Southeast Asian nation.

The tough-talking Prayut, 60, said he seized power due to "the violence in Bangkok and many parts of the country that resulted in loss of innocent lives and property, and was likely to escalate." 


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