Pokemon characters recruited for police briefing in Thailand

The mobile game craze Pokemon Go made an unlikely appearance at a police briefing in Thailand on Saturday, thanks to a ruling from the country's prime minister.

Bangkok police held a press briefing on the arrests of 173 suspects during a police crackdown in early September, but used pictures of Pokemon characters in place of some of the suspects.

Video footage of the event showed the main Pokemon Go characters Pikachu and Charmander on presentation boards.

The unusual presentation came after Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha last week banned the perp walk, or parading of criminal suspects in police media briefings, due to human rights concerns.

Activists argue that such practices violate the principle that a suspect is innocent until proven guilty.

This is not the first time the Thai authorities have jumped on the Pokemon Go bandwagon, with the game notching up over 500 million downloads in record time.

The country's tourism authority last month sought the help of the developer of the app in adding more rare characters for players to catch at major tourist destinations.

Last update: Sat, 10/09/2016 - 16:40

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