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Former officials to face charges for 2004 Tak Bai massacre


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Nine former officials linked to the 2004 Tak Bai massacre will face criminal charges as the case approaches its 20-year statute of limitations. Lawyers for the victims' families are spearheading the legal action, intending to file charges including unlawful detention, murder, and malfeasance at the Narathiwat Provincial Court.

 

Adilan Ali-Ishoh of the Muslim Attorney Centre Foundation disclosed that all victims' families have authorized the foundation to represent them. The accused include top southern army officers and key police and Interior Ministry officials.

 

The Tak Bai tragedy unfolded during a protest in Narathiwat on October 25, 2004, resulting in seven deaths at the site and 78 fatalities during transportation to a military camp in Pattani province. It is seen as a trigger for increased violence in southern Muslim-majority provinces during Thaksin Shinawatra's premiership.

 

Ali-Ishoh acknowledged the challenges ahead but pledged to fight for justice, thanking those who contributed to gathering evidence, including an independent investigation led by former ombudsman Pichet Sunthornpipit.

 

Despite some victims receiving government compensation, human rights groups, including Amnesty International, criticized the lack of comprehensive reparations and access to justice, urging for accountability beyond financial settlements.

 

-- ASEAN NOW 2024-04-24

 

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3 hours ago, Artisi said:

And not before time, should have been done on the same day - not nearly 20 years later. 

Trust it includes those at the top,  not just a couple of fall guys to cover the arse of those in charge. 

 Further:  Thaksin claimed he knew nothing about the event. Sorry mr. paymaster it doesn't work like that. 

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I remember that Thaksin didn't personally take charge of the killing, though it happened on his watch. Knowing the Thai army's habit of killing civilians, I tend to believe Thaksin didn't directly order the army to kill people but of course, as the country's PM, he was ultimately responsible.. 

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2423190/thaksin-prawit-trade-blame-for-tak-bai-massacre

 

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

Nine former officials linked to the 2004 Tak Bai massacre will face criminal charges as the case approaches its 20-year statute of limitations.

Disgraceful justice system...

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