A Press Release from the Human Rights Lawyers Association, Thailand forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC):
THAILAND: Please attend court to hear order on War on Drugs killing
For immediate release on 27 July 2012
The death in custody of Mr. Kiattisak Thitboonkhrong as a result of police’s detention at Muang Kalasin Police Station
30 July 2012, 09.00 am, at Courtroom no. 913, Bangkok Criminal Court
On 30 July 2012, 09.00 am, at Courtroom no. 913, Bangkok Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Rd., the Court shall issue an order in the Black Case no. O3252/2552 between the public prosecutor v. Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Angkhan Khammoonna, defendant no. 1 and other five defendants. The defendants in this case have been accused of committing premeditated murder and moving the body to conceal the cause of death. They were also accused of being competent officers in criminal investigation who have abused their power to help prevent another person from being brought to justice. The case stems from the death of Mr. Kiattisak Thitboonkhrong, 17 years, a student from Kalasin province, who was found dead by hanging in a makeshift in a paddy rice field in Roi Et province. Prior to that, he had just been released from the Muang Kalasin Police Station on 22 July 2004. Please attend the court session on the date announced above.
During 2001-2006, the government implemented a policy to suppress drug trafficking causing more than 2,500 deaths as a result of extrajudicial killings. A number of people in Kalasin province have lost have lives and gone disappeared. One of the deceased was Mr. Kiattisak Thitboonkhrong. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has conducted an inquiry into the case and reported its findings on human rights abuse in 2006. One NHRC’s recommendations was for the government to provide the surviving family of Mr. Kiattisak Thitboonkhrong remedies as he had died in custody of police officers from the Muang Kalasin Police Station.
In 2005, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) accepted to admit the case of Mr. Kiattisak Thitboonkhrong’s death as a special case and on 9 September2009, the public prosecutor of the Office of Special Litigation 1 decided to prosecute Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Angkhan Khammoonna, as defendant no. 1, Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Sutthinan Nonthing, defendant no. 2, Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Phansin Uppanan, defendant no. 3, Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Samphao Indee, defendant no. 4, Pol. Col. Montri Boonlue, defendant no. 5 and Pol. Lt. Col. Sumit Nunsathit, as defendant no. 6. It took more than eight years to compile all evidence and prove the facts in the court hearings before the delivery of the verdict soon.
For more information, please contact:
Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) (66) 2-6930682
Mr. Manu Manuratsada, Attorney (66) 81-4394938
Ms. Waraporn Uthairangsi, Attorney (66) 84-8091997
Human rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)
email : firstname.lastname@example.org tel/fax : 02-6930682
Update: The Huffington Post reports that:
A Thai court Monday sentenced three police officers to death for killing a teenager during a much-criticized drug crackdown by the [Thaksin Shinawatra] government eight years ago.
The officers were found guilty Monday of killing a 17-year-old student in Kalasin province in the northeast in 2004 and moving his body to conceal the cause of death.