Released on 20 September 2017
The date for first hearing has been set for the case of three innocent youth
Sam Roi Yod
The Cross Cultural Foundation and Innocent Project have been providing legal assistance to three youth alleged offenders who have been accused of committing a theft and inflicting grave bodily harm on a foreign tourist and fled on a motorcycle. The incident took place on 26 July 2016 on the road between Pranburi and Sam Roi Yod National Park, around the 5-6 kilometer stone at Ban Mai, Moo 1, Sam Roi Yod District, Prachuab Khiri Khan.
The alleged offenders in this case, Mr. Nuttawat Thawatthikanchana, Mr. Apisak Srilamud and Mr. Sarunyou Sainamkhiaw, have seeked help from various agencies during the investigation of the police and the public prosecutor while attempting to provide evidence to prove their innocence. Furthermore, they have allegedly been subject to torture and ill-treatment during the police custody. In spite of that, the Hua Hin public prosecutor proceeded to indict the case against them with the Hua Hin Provincial Court on 26 July 2016 as the Black Case no. TO 2/2560 in committing with the use of arms and vehicles to run away from the crime scene or to carry away the property and for carrying knives into an urban area, a town, or a public road without necessary reason.
Similar to other cases concerning the assault and theft against foreign tourists, the case has been treated with first priority by the government since it might affect Thailand’s tourism industry and the police are put under pressure to promptly bring forth a perpetrator. It has led to doubt if they really are the perpetrators, or they can be just scapegoats being arrested and indicted simply to serve the policy demand of their superior officers.
CrCF’s Director, Ms. Pornpen Khongkachonkiet has this to say:
“Theft can happen with any tourists anywhere around the world, not just in Thailand. But the indictment of innocent people, even though their confessions have allegedly been obtained through torture and despite evidence to prove their innocence at the police’s and public prosecutor’s investigation levels could make other nations lose their trust in Thailand’s justice process.”
To ensure that the three defendants in this case are given the right to fair trial, the CrCF and Innocent Project have intervened and given them legal representation. The Hua Hin Provincial Court shall sit in the pretrial hearing to review evidence on 25 September 2017 at 13.30.
All media and interested persons are invited to attend the hearing as per the date and venue above.
For more information, please see https://voicefromthais.wordpress.com/?s=สามร้อยยอด
Ms. Nadthasiri Bergman, attorney CrCF, 085-1208077