Enforced disappearance and the Thai state: Nine years without justice for Somchai Neelaphaijit

THAILAND: Nine years without justice for Somchai Neelaphaijit – humanrights.asia, March 20, 2013
…At every stage of the investigation, there was obfuscation by police officers, a lack of will by many inside the state (including at the highest level of the then-prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra) to cooperate, and mishandling of evidence. Under Thai evidentiary rules, without a body – which could never be located – a murder charge cannot be levied, so the involved police officers were charged and prosecuted for theft (of his vehicle) and coercion. Only one police officer out of five was found guilty, and in 2011, additional evidentiary problems led to his acquittal on appeal…

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