Monday, November 3, 2014

DSI asked to take Koh Tao case

Parents of the two Myanmar suspects in the Koh Tao murder case on Monday asked the Department of Special Investigation to prosecute the police officers and police-appointed Rohingya interpreter for allegedly beating their sons and coercing them into confessing. 
They also wanted the DSI to take the Koh Tao murder case as a special case.  
Tun Tun Htike and his wife Zaw Aye Muang, the parents of Win Zaw Htun, and Phu Shew Nu, the mother of Zaw Lin, were accompanied by human rights advocate Surapong Kongchantuk and representatives of the Myanmar embassy to lodge the pleas with newly appointed DSI chief of Suwana Suwanjuta.
Mrs Suwana’s deputy, Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang, received the complaints on her behalf. 
Mr Surapong, who also heads the Lawyers Council of Thailand’s human rights subcommittee on ethnic minorities, said the DSI had to step in to investigate into the suspects’ claim that they had been coerced into confessing they had killed two British backpackers since the officers involved in the investigation and interrogation became party to the lawsuit.
National police chief Pol Gen Somyot Pumpunmuang also insisted there were no scapegoats or torture, he said.
Mr Surapong said the council did not judge whether the police or the suspects were right; it only wanted to hand information to DSI officials to ensure human rights were protected and justice was served for everyone in Thailand regardless of his nationality.   
The parents of the two suspects last week filed a complaint with the Office of the Attorney-General and asked the National Human Rights Commission to step in, saying they were worried their sons would not get a fair trial.
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