For immediate release on 17 November 2015
Cross Cultural Foundation requesting for a visit to
the temporary remand facility in the 11th Military Circle
On 17 November, the Acting Chairperson of the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF), Mr. Surapong Kongchantuk, has sent a letter to the Director General of the Department of Corrections requesting for a visit and access to the three suspects being held in custody in the temporary remand facility in the 11th Military Circle in order to explore their living condition and assess how their fundamental rights are being met.
CrCF is a nonprofit organization registered with no. T9/2545 with the objectives of promoting and protecting human rights, strengthening the rule of law, promoting access to justice, protecting people’s rights and liberties and promoting mutual understanding and cultural exchange among various communities and groups as well as disseminating information on laws and human rights in public and documenting and reporting cases of human rights violation.
The reason of the request to visit the suspects being deprived of their liberty in the temporary remand facility is, previously, Mr. Suriyan Sucharitpolwong, aka “Mor Yong”, and other have been held in custody in the same prison, at the temporary remand facility on Nakhon Chai Sri Road inside the 11th Military Circle. Later, it was officially announced that the two suspects had died in custody including Pol Maj Prakrom Warunprapa who was found dead on 23 October 2015. According to the press statement of the Department of Corrections, his death was caused by his hanging himself in the holding cell. Later on 9 November 2015, the Department of Corrections revealed again that Mr. Suriyan Sucharitpolwong had died from bloodstream infection (septicemia) causing him an acute respiratory failure on 7 November 2015.
CrCF finds the deaths in custody of the two suspects have drawn much attention from public, since both of them were held in custody in a place almost inaccessible by their relatives or lawyers. It has caused many doubts in public regarding the treatment of the suspects and safety of the remaining ones. At present, it is reported that there were three remaining suspects being deprived of their liberty there including Mr. Jirawong Watthanathewasilp, aka ”Art Shutter Thep”, a suspect in a lèse majesté case related to the same case faced by the two deceased, and the two suspects in the Erawan Shrine Bombs, Mr. Adem Karadag and Mr. Mieraili Yusufu
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