30 Nov '15, 8am

Thai junta detains opposition leaders ahead of anti-graft inspection - @Reuters

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's army detained two leaders of an opposition group on Monday (Nov 30) who were planning to visit a public park dedicated to the monarchy that has been at the centre of a corruption scandal involving the military government. The allegations relating to the financing of the Rachabhakti Park, built on army property in the seaside town of Hua Hin, are threatening to damage an anti-graft drive by the junta, which seized power last year. Nattawut Saikua and Jatuporn Prompan, leaders of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), also known as the "red shirt" group, were taken away by the army before they could set off for the park. "They wanted to see how the park was operating and to see the place where the military allegedly abused funds, but also to pay respects to past kings," Thanawut Wichaidit, a spokesman for the UDD, said. "Thi...

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