Cross Cultural Foundation
For immediate release on 18 May 2015
First court hearing scheduled in a case filed
Against a military official for alleged assault on two youth in Yala in 2009
The plaintiffs, the two injured parties from physical assault allegedly committed by a military official, are to give their oral and written statement to the Supreme Administrative Court on 19 May 2015 at 13.00. The first hearing of the case will take place in Room 4, 3rd floor of the office of the Supreme Administrative Court in a Black Case no. O1256/2555 between Mr. Mazaofi Kwaengboo, plaintiff no.1 and Adil Samae (under 20 years old), plaintiff no.2 represented by Mrs. Yiza Lamae v. Ministry of Defense, defendant no.1, Royal Thai Army, defendant no.2, Internal Security Operations Command Region (ISOC), defendant no.3 and the Office of the Prime Minister, defendant no.4.
The Supreme Administrative Court has given a copy of preliminary finding of the Judge-Rapporteur in charge of this case to the parties involved. The dispute is related to an alleged assault act committed by an administrative or state official who exercised his power according to the law. After the preliminary finding is completed by the Judge-Rapporteur, the court has designated the date for the first hearing as aforementioned during which time both parties are entitled to submit their statements and adduce evidence to support their statements.
Prior to the case being brought to the Administrative Court, the military official who has allegedly committed physical assault against the two plaintiffs had been indicted in a criminal suit with the Pattani Military Court on committing physical injuries to which case he pleaded guilty to the charge. The Military Court sentenced him to six months of imprisonment and a fine of 2,000 baht. Given his pleading to the charge, his imprisonment has been reduced by a half and suspended for two years. Though the incidence took place over six years ago in 2009, and the injured parties were then 14 and 20 years respectively, they and their relatives continue to demand justice to their case. They want to set precedent to claim the right to remedies for other people who are affected as well.
For more information, please contact;
Mr. Preeda Nakpew, attorney of the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF),
When Army officer of TF no. 41 filed the complaint on CrCF and Director of CrCF in May 2014, the complaint referred to an open letter dated 2 May 2014 that CrCF issued related to the rearrested and ill treatment against Mr. Adil Samae on 27 April 2014. Mr. Adil later was released without charges.