Updated: Kritsuda on her military detention

3 08 2014

As previously posted, Kritsuda Khunasen is now safe and able to speak now that she has fled Thailand and is in Europe.

Prachatai reports on an interview she has conducted where she

… revealed that when she was illegally detained by the junta, she was suffocated and physically assaulted. The torture was aimed at forcing her to link former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra with the hard core red-shirt groups….

While the military dictatorship had announced that Kritsuda was “happy” and “meditating”while in illegal detention, the truth was far different.

A video clip of her interview with Jom Petchpradab, an independent journalist, has become available, although it now seems to have been removed or moved.

In that interview, Kritsuda tells of torture:

… she was blindfolded and her hands were bound on the first seven days of the detention. During the period, a female officer would help her when eating, taking a bath, and when she wanted to go to restroom. She said while she was naked during taking bath, she heard a male voice. “I consider this sexual harassment.”

She said she was beaten several times during the interrogation. She was also suffocated when a plastic bag and a piece of fabric covering her head until she lost consciousness.

The military interrogations tried repeatedly “to link former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra with her boss ‘May E.U.,’ and the militant wing of the red shirt camp.”

The report notes that:

Mananchaya Ketkaew, aka “May E.U.” is a low-profile red-shirt figure who represents pro-Thaksin “Red E.U.” of the red shirts in Europe. The group’s main activity is to financially assists red shirt political prisoners, victims of political violence, and funds tuition fees for children of red-shirt supporters. Under May, Kritsuda has reached out to many red-shirt political prisoners, most of them arrested after the 2010 crackdown. There has been a rumor that the group is financially supported by the former prime minister.

Kritsuda said Thaksin never supports the group and that it was donation from May and red shirts in Europe.

She says that when she accused the military of wrongdoing, she was hit. In the end, she decided to tell the military interrogators what they wanted to hear: “PM Thaksin is the one who supporter the red-shirt prisoners. Like [they believe] Thaksin instigates the red shirts to break laws. But in fact, that’s not true.”

On 15 June she was forced to sign a paper stating that she asked the military to allow her to continue in detention, “meditating.” She says: “I had to write that statement because I wanted to survive.”

On 23 June, “she said, a group of military officers, including the Army Spokesman told her to speak nicely about the army when appearing on the special TV program on Channel 5.” She adds:

On the day she was released, she said the military had her boyfriend charged and that there was the deal between her and the military that she would have to speak nicely to the reporters at the Crime Suppression Division, otherwise her boyfriend would not be granted bail.

She stated that her boyfriend was also tortured and that both of them have fled military-dominated Thailand and are seeking asylum.

Update: The video of the interview is now available again via Asia Provocateur:


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7 08 2014
Should anyone believe the military? | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] opposition activist’s claims that she was tortured in military custody were “100 percent fabricated”, Thailand’s ruling junta […]

11 08 2014
Comedy and the coup II | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] of the laughable claim that red shirt activist Yongyuth Boondee, aka “Daeng Shinjang,” like Kritsuda Khunasen before him, has “requested” that his detention by the military dictatorship be extended beyond the […]

11 08 2014
Comedy and the coup II | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] of the laughable claim that red shirt activist Yongyuth Boondee, aka “Daeng Shinjang,” like Kritsuda Khunasen before him, has “requested” that his detention by the military dictatorship be extended beyond the legal […]

8 09 2014
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[…] date, the most serious claim of mistreatment and torture while in military detention was from the now exiled Kritsuda Khunasen. Not only was she illegally detained by the junta, but she claimed to have been suffocated and […]




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