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Thailand to free seven activists on bail as referendum looms

A Thai military court ordered the release on bail on Tuesday of seven activists detained for campaigning against a military-backed draft constitution to be put to a referendum next month.

The pro-democracy campaigners are part of a small but growing number of activists who are challenging the junta in the run-up to the Aug. 7 vote on a constitution that the military says will end more than a decade of political crisis.

The seven were arrested in June while they were handing out leaflets urging people to vote against the charter which critics say will entrench the military’s influence over politics.

“Police have completed their interrogation, so there is no need to keep the suspects in custody further,” a judge told a court in the capital, Bangkok.

The seven will be released on Wednesday.

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