Wife of missing lawyer slams DSI

The wife of missing lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit on Thursday petitioned the Justice Ministry to clarify whether her husband's case file had been stolen from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) during the occupation of its offices by anti-government protesters.

Angkhana Neelapaijit submitted a letter to deputy permanent secretary for the Justice Ministry Suwanna Suwanjutha demanding that she confirm if the file had been lost during the occupation of the government offices complex on Chaeng Wattana road.

Mrs Angkhana’s letter comes after Pol Col Niran Adulyasak, director of the DSI Bureau of Special Crime 1, told the media that his subordinate who supervises file cabinets had reported Somchai’s file missing. However, he said he was later informed that the file had been found in the narrow opening at the back of the filing cabinet in which it was stored. 

Officials said they discovered the DSI office at Chaeng Wattana had been ransacked after the protesters left the compound on Dec 9.  

Mrs Angkhana warned that her husband's case would be 10 years old on March 12 next year, yet there had been no progress in bringing people to justice for his disappearance, despite there being a large amount of evidence.   On March 12, 2004, Somchai was pulled from his car in Bangkok, allegedly by five police officers, and never seen again. At the time he was defending clients from the far South who were accused of attacking a military base and stealing weapons. The lawsuit alleged police torture of the Muslim suspects.

A former officer of the Crime Suppression Division, Pol Maj Ngern Thongsuk, was suspected of being involved in Somchai's disappearance, but the Appeals Court acquitted him due to confusing accounts by witnesses.

Mrs Angkhana said the DSI should take cases of human rights violations more seriously, instead of largely focusing on political cases, particularly the 91 deaths during the 2010 red-shirt street protests, which took place under the Abhisit Vejjajiva-led administration.

Mrs Angkhana said the agency had made no progress in cases that occurred during the Thaksin Shinawatra-led government, including her husband’s disappearance and the 2,500 people who perished in extra-judicial killings during Thaksin’s "war on drugs".

The chairwoman of Justice for Peace Foundation claimed she had asked to meet DSI chief Tarit Pengdith many times to inquire about the progress of the case, but her requests had been refused.

Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said leaders of anti-government protests had told his organisation that none of their supporters entered the file storage room at the DSI.

"Successive Thai governments have engaged in cover-ups to hide the identities of those responsible for Somchai’s abduction and feared murder,” he said. 

“Somchai’s ‘disappearance’ reflects glaring problems of state-sponsored abuses and the culture of impunity in Thailand. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra needs to demonstrate political courage by pressing the Justice Ministry to at last bring the perpetrators to justice.”

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Discussion 1 : 20/12/2013 at 12:58 AM
It appears all your posts are of the same - attack anyone that states a point of view on this governments dismal failure. Maybe highlighting a few things they have done right might be a positive.
Discussion 2 : 19/12/2013 at 09:53 PM
Funny how these posters are quick to judge this government. Seams to me that the army did nothing about this affair when they were in charge and the Dems failed to do it either. Now you say Yingluck is responsible because your friends did nothing. What a Joke.
Discussion 3 : 19/12/2013 at 09:41 PM
I suggest you learn how to spell Thaksin before expressing your views na khap.
Discussion 4 : 19/12/2013 at 09:18 PM
"However, he said he was later informed that the file had been found in the narrow opening at the back of the filing cabinet in which it was stored. " Yeah, right. A 10 year investigation file is so thin it can fall into a narrow opening in the back of the file cabinate? Pull the other one guys. A 10 year old could make up better excuses than this lot. Pathetic, plus a clumsy attempt to blame the anti-T demonstrators as the DSI attempted to 'lose' a hot potato case. The DSI have become a national embarassment.
Discussion 5 : 19/12/2013 at 08:14 PM
Ekayuth murder sounds like its down the same road and should be looked at again if the government changes. from iPhone application.
Discussion 6 : 19/12/2013 at 08:12 PM
One does have to wonder how many more cases will have "lost" evidsnce during the take over. Unwittingly, the protestors may have given the DSI the opportunity to have lost all evidence against Thaksin and all his flunkies.
Discussion 7 : 19/12/2013 at 07:16 PM
Officials said they discovered the DSI office at Chaeng Wattana had been ransacked two days after the protesters left the compound on Dec 11. Really? Two days? It took Thailand's top cops 2 days to discover there office was ransacked? Clearly, new leadership is in order
Discussion 8 : 19/12/2013 at 07:13 PM
DSI only seems interested in things that further Taksins cause .
Discussion 9 : 19/12/2013 at 06:35 PM
File kept in a narrow opening at the back of the drawer.? It should be huge filled with reams investigative material. Just adds proof that the Department of Sinawatra Investigations has done nothing but put a general cover form in a file folder in March of 2004.
Discussion 10 : 19/12/2013 at 06:32 PM
What load of the proverbial..........this red corrupt regime will eventually blame the rice debacle upon the "unelected"....after all GDP ...tourism...exports...the rice losses...the high household debt...inflation...the cost of living.....the division of the country...the inequality of differing farmers.....the major flooding this year.............is after all all down to the Dems and their pesky interference into the 2 trillion baht heist..........ooh and not to mention the nigh time creeping about to change votes and agreed policies...........pure unadulterated corruption.
Discussion 11 : 19/12/2013 at 06:29 PM
One of the institutions at the top of the reform list needs to be the Thai police force. There needs to be major surgery performed.

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