Thaksin’s ‘Drug Murders’ investigated
The Ministry of Justice has been ordered by the Prime Minister to investigate the numerous cases of extra judicial killings during Thaksin Shinawatra’s War on Drugs, according to the Justice Minister Peerapan Sareerathawipak.
A working committee will be appointed to investigate the fact that 1,400 out of the 2,500 ‘drug suspects’ that were killed ibetween February and April 2003 had no links with either drug usage or the selling of drugs.
The former committee, led by former Attorney General Kanit Na Nakorn, was appointed by General Surayuth Chulanonda’s government, but the committee was disbanded, and the matter not pursued during the administrations of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat… both prime ministers now known as being Thaksin fsympathisers.
The Justice Ministry has appointed former Attorney-General Kampee Kaewcharoen to lead the investigative team.
Mr Peerapan has confirmed Mr Kampee’s neutrality and non-affiliation with any political party, and confirmed that the committee members will be selected by the Justice Ministry and proposed to the Cabinet for approval.
In addition, Mr Peerapan said the resurrection of the cases only aimed at continuing the investigative process and seek explanations… and not, at this stage, to prosecute anyone.
Further prosecutions will only be conducted after the investigation is completed.