In our last post, just a few hours ago, PPT observed that there are fears for the safety of Suriyan Sujaritpalawong, Jirawong Wattanathewasilp and Police Major Prakrom Warunprapha, held incommunicado and, apparently, lawyer-less at a temporary detention facility at the 11th Military Circle.
We noted that special wardens, including military officers were appointed to take care of three suspects detained for lese majeste. These wardens were assigned responsibility for ensuring the safety of the detained men.
We observed that “[h]aving thugs in the military ‘take care’ could be code for something else.
The recent news is that Police Major Prakrom Warunprapha is dead.
Prachatai reports that Prakrom is said to have “hanged himself and died while he was detained at the remand facility in the 11th Army Division…”. The authorities say that at “about 10 pm on Friday, 23 October 2015, hanged himself with clothes that were given to him by prison officers.” He was not dead when found and it is reported that he “was in a critical condition when he was found by prison officers who tried to help him and later sent him to the hospital. He was later pronounced dead by a physician in hospital of the remand facility.”
There is likely to be an investigation, but PPT has serious doubts that anything the authorities say about this case will be believable.