The land that is known as Arakan by the foreigners is called Rakhaing-pray by its own people, Rakhaing-thar (Arakanese) who were titled this name in honour of preservation on their national heritage and ethics or morality.
Parents of the two Myanmar suspects in theKoh Taomurder case on Monday asked the Department ofSpecial Investigationto 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 TunHtike and his wife Zaw Aye Muang, the parents of Win Zaw Htun, and Phu Shew Nu, the mother of Zaw Lin, were accompanied byhuman rightsadvocate 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 ofThailand’s human rights subcommittee on ethnic minorities, said the DSI had tostepin 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.
Nationalpolice chiefPol 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.