Murder, torture and anti-democrats

15 03 2014

At Khaosod it is reported that “police have expanded the investigation over attempted murder of a Redshirt protest[er] after evidence … suggested that the case might be related to two other dead bodies found earlier this year.”

Police have said that prominent anti-democrat core leader Issara Somchai, together with five anti-democrat guards, were to face charges of “attempted premeditated murder, unlawful detention leading to grievous harms, and physical assaults.”

That victim claimed “the suspects later dumped him into Bang Pakong River east of Bangkok with his feet and hands bound together, but a group of locals reportedly rescued the man and sent him to hospital.”

Now the police say the case “might not be an isolated incident.” The case had “many similarities to recent discoveries of dead bodies in Bangkok.” They explained:

On 28 January, the police found a dead body wearing anti-government protest outfit next to the railroad in Prachachuen district, and nearly a month later, on 26 February, another dead body with anti-government clothes and accessories was found in a submerged sack near the pier of Riverside Hotel on the western bank of Chao Praya River.

The first body was later identified as Mr. Boonthiang Kham-Im, a 41-years old resident of Chaiyabhum province, while the second body remains unidentified, Pol.Maj.Gen. Thitirat said.

Coupled with Mr. Yuem’s case, all three incidents shared traces of torture, according to Pol.Maj.Gen. Thitirat. In these cases, he said, the bodies and the survivor were found with bound feet and hands, and wearing anti-government accessories, which might be planted…; Mr. Yuem has previously told police officers that the guards placed a whistle around his neck just before they dumped him into the river.

Furthermore, according to the deputy commander, investigation reveals that both Mr. Yuem and Mr. Boonthiang have ties to the Redshirts movements, raising speculation that the culprit in all three cases committed the crime out of political motive with intention to conceal the bodies afterward.

The police “have acquired CCTV footage which purportedly captured the moments the suspects arrived on a car at Rama VIII Bridge and dumped the unidentified body into Chao Praya River before fleeing the area shortly afterward.” A video of events is available here.


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