Updated: DSI and manipulating the law

15 08 2010

The Nation reports that the late Seh Daeng’s driver is being held at “an undisclosed army camp.” PPT reckons this is not the first report of this arrest, but it is the first detail released.

The report is that  Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tharit Pengdit has disclosed that Jakchalat “Pol” Khongsuwan, 37,  the “personal chauffeur of … Maj-General Khattiya Sawasdipol is being held at an undisclosed army camp for interrogation over his alleged involvement in anti-government protests from March to May…”. This detention can be for “up to 30 days without the presence of lawyers or relatives before formal charges had to laid against him, Tharit said. DSI officers had joined in the questioning and care of Jakchalat at the camp…”.

PPT believes that Jakchalat has already been in custody since Thursday. He was arrested in Mahasarakham. The DSI expects that he will “provide useful and in-depth information.” Why do they think this? Because, according to the report, the “DSI has not filed terrorist charges yet because, if he were charged, he could be in police custody for up to 48 hours only, the source said. Then he would have to be brought to apply for detention at a court prison and his lawyer or relatives’ presence would be required throughout the questioning, the source said.” Keeping him away from lawyers and family means he can be manipulated beyond the law.

Of course, under the emergency decree and the rule of the Abhisit Vejjajiva military-palace regime, nothing is really illegal. However, the stated position of the DSI confirms its position as the regime’s political police in cahoots with the army.



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15 08 2010
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