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UDD, PDRC leaders remain detained, others released

Leaders of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship and the People's Democratic Reform Committee have been taken to a safe house in Bangkok, a military source announced on Friday.

They were taken from the First Infantry Regiment to a safe house after the coup makers released representatives of the ousted government and the Democrats who attended the failed seven-partite meeting at the Army Club on Thursday.

The coup makers also released three Pheu Thai representatives but detained two - Pheu Thai secretary general Phutham Wechayachai and party spokesman Prompong Nopparit - and took them to the safe house along with the UDD and PDRC leaders.

They were held after the seven-partite meeting on Thursday failed to reach an agreement. Those held included representatives of the ousted government and the Democrats, who were later released early Friday.

Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and four Democrat representatives were released at 12.20am.

Former justice minister Chaikasem Nitisiri, former PM's Office Minister Varathep Ratanakorn, former deputy education minister Sermsak Pongpanit, former deputy finance minister Tanusak Lekuthai and former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt were released at 1am.

Three of the five Pheu Thai representatives were also been released at the same time. The three are deputy party leader Viroj Pao-in, Wan Muhamad Noor Matha, a member of the party's strategies committee and Chusak Sirinil, a member of the party's legal team.




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