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HRLA calls for attention on struggle for justice for Kiattisak Thitboonkrong killed during war on drug 2003


Press Release Please attend Court’s order on a War on Drug Case 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 (Released on 27 July 2012)

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) 02-6930682
  • Mr. Manu Manuratsada, Attorney 081-4394938
  • Ms. Waraporn Uthairangsi, Attorney 084-8091997
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