Connect with us

Crime

DSI says enough evidence, testimony to pursue case of vanished Karen activist “Billy”

Jack Burton

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Chaiwat Limlikhit-akson, former head of Kaeng Krachan National Park and Polajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen

Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation has announced it will challenge prosecutors’ decision to drop charges against 4 men allegedly involved in the presumed murder of a Karen land rights activist. Department director Korawat Panprapakorn said there is sufficient evidence and eyewitness testimony to press murder charges against the 4, including the former chief of Kaeng Krachan National Park, for the abduction of Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen in 2014. He was never seen again.

“After receiving the decision from the prosecutors, we went through all the evidence, including eyewitness accounts, material evidence, forensic evidence, as well as comments from experts, and found that we can’t agree with the prosecutors’ decision. We will forward our comments to the AG.”

The 4 men were charged in 2019 of 7 offences, including premeditated murder and concealing the body of Porlajee, the activist who disappeared in 2014. The DSI said in 2019 they’d discovered what appeared to be Porlajee’s remains.

But the Office of the Attorney General dropped all major charges against the suspects, citing insufficient evidence linking them to the alleged murder. Only lesser offences of negligence and conspiracy were included in the indictment.

Under Thai law, both prosecutors and police investigators must agree on dropping the charges.

Activists have accused then-director Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn of engineering the disappearance of Porlajee, who had been campaigning for the rights of Karen villagers to settle in disputed parts of the national park before he went missing.

Despite the serious accusations, Chaiwat and his aides were never sent to prison, since they were released on bail.

Chaiwat is currently serving as the director of a conservation office in Isaan’s Udon Thani province.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Protests33 mins ago

Monarchy supporters claim protesters weaponizing Covid-19

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

5.7% of foreign residents in Thailand have received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine

Travel1 hour ago

Top 5 Diving Schools in Koh Samui

Sponsored1 day ago

Tour Phuket’s Islands with 5 Star Marine

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Lifestyle2 hours ago

Best Places for Golf in Koh Samui

Crime2 hours ago

Child pornography group run by Suphan Buri couple busted

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok restrictions extended, record high infections | August 5

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand3 hours ago

Drugs found inside monk’s pillow at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Thailand4 hours ago

Fairy Sweet Village in Pattaya catches on fire, again

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: 20,920 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand5 hours ago

Phuket’s BigGym allegedly closes 2 branches for good, doesn’t reimburse members

Travel6 hours ago

Phuket’s 5 most stunning villas for rent

News7 hours ago

USA tentatively plans to require all foreign visitors to be vaccinated

Thailand7 hours ago

Bangkok closure order extended until August 31

Best of8 hours ago

Ayutthaya’s 5 most amazing hotels

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

Nonthaburi field hospital adds an ICU

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending