In recent weeks Thailand’s media has attentively reported on the arrest of some paramilitary police who are alleged to have abducted and framed tens, perhaps hundreds, of people.
The Border Patrol Police officers set up most of their victims on charges under which the accused could not get bail. Some they released after receiving ransom. One of these, a middle-aged woman, in January set off the alarm after she, her son and two others had been freed. Since then, over 60 more have complained to the Rights and Liberties Protection Department. At least 180 inmates have reportedly sought for their files to be reopened.
Victims have described how they were held in groups and tortured. According to one, she and her partner [above] were taken to a bungalow where they saw at least twenty more people tied up, some hooded; a few with smashed teeth and bruised faces. Another has claimed that she was electrocuted while pregnant, despite pleading for her baby. She gave birth in remand, awaiting a trial in which she was acquitted of any crime.
A few years ago, a case like this would have been accompanied by loud calls for it to be moved outside of the police force and into the hands of the Department of Special Investigation. But such calls have been noticeably absent this time around. Continue reading
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Tagged 1997 Constitution, Amornvivat, Amornwiwat, Ayutthaya, Border Patrol Police, BPP, Charoen, Charoen Wat-aksorn, Department of Special Investigation, DRLP, DSI, Justice Ministry, Kalasin, Lamphun, Neelaphaijit, Rights & Liberties Protection, Saraburi, Sombat, Sombat Amornvivat, Sombat Amornwiwat, Somchai, Somchai Neelaphaijit, Songkhla, Supoj, Supoj Suwajo, Suwajo, Wat-aksorn
“You can conclude that it was a mistake for us to have the [Department of Special Investigation] take over this case. Just like the case of Somchai Neelaphaijit, or the murder of Charoen Wat-Aksorn. None of these cases has made any progress. It is a failure of the agencies and the personnel working on these cases.”
(“อาจจะสรุปได้ว่า เป็นความผิดพลาดที่เราให้ ดีเอสไอ มารับคดีนี้ เช่นเดียวกับ คดีของทนายสมชาย นีละไพจิตร หรือกรณีคดีการฆ่าคุณเจริญ วัดอักษร ซึ่งทุกคดีล้วนไม่มีความคืบหน้า เป็นความล้มเหลวของหน่วยงาน และบุคลากรที่ทำอยู่”)
– Phra Kittisak Kittisophano on the unsolved murder of fellow monk Phra Supoj Suwajo
Posted in crime, extrajudicial killing, human rights, police, rule of law, Thailand
Tagged Charoen, Charoen Wat-aksorn, Department of Special Investigation, DSI, Kittisak, Kittisak Kittisophano, Kittisophano, Neelaphaijit, Somchai, Somchai Neelaphaijit, Supoj, Supoj Suwajo, Suwajo, Wat-aksorn