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Public Statement by Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)
The case of Mr. Yongyuth Boondee
A probable case of arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance
The Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) has been monitoring the case of Mr. Yongyuth Boondee, aka “Daeng Chin Jung”, against whom warrants has been issued by the Nonthaburi Provincial Court on grounds of premeditated murder, damage of property with the use of explosives, illegal possession of firearms, weapons and explosives. On 1st Auguest 2014, the Provincial Police Region 1 presented Mr. Yongyuth Boondee at a press conference during which the officials stated that Mr. Yongyuth Boondee was suspected to have been involved with firing M79 grenades into the demonstration sites of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and others, altogether 11 times.
Since the press conference, the relatives of Mr. Boondee have no information about his whereabouts. TLHR has made attempts to contact concerned agencies including senior inquiry officials involved with organizing the press conference, inquiry officials in charge of the case and prison officials, all of who have denied any knowledge of the fact of detention of Mr. Yongyuth Boondee.
Nevertheless, on 8 August 2014, TLHR approached the Provincial Police Region 1’s officials again. The police informed us that he had been bailed out and that they had no information about the present whereabouts of Mr. Yongyuth Boondee. Further, military officials presented a document to TLHR, which stated that Mr. Yongyuth Boondee has consented to voluntarily stay in the military custody. Mr. Yongyuth Boondee’s relatives have informed TLHR that they had not applied for his bail.
TLHR is gravely concerned about the circumstances relating to his bail. TLHR is also concerned about the probability of Mr. Yongyuth Boondee being held in secret detention, making him vulnerable to torture and enforced disappearance.
According to Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. Anyone arrested or detained on a criminal charge shall be brought promptly before a judge or other officer authorized by law to exercise judicial power and shall be entitled to trial within a reasonable time.
Therefore, TLHR urges officials concerned with the arrest, detention and holding of the press conference declaring their intention to press charges against Mr. Yongyuth Boondee to immediately disclose his whereabouts and ensure that he has access to his relatives and his lawyer and that his right to access justice is guaranteed along with necessary protection to ensure safety and welfare of Mr. Yongyuth Boondee. As of now, Mr. Yongyuth Boondee is simply a suspect, and neither any charges have been officially pressed against him, nor any final verdict made to prove his guilt.
With respect for people’s rights and liberties
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)