Extra-juridical killing cases in Thaksin´s govt resurrected

The Ministry of Justice has been tasked by the Prime Minister to resurrect the cases of extra juridical killings during Thaksin Shinawatra's War on Drug Policy, according to the Justice Minister Peerapan Sareerathawipak.

A working committee will be reappointed to find out the truth since it has been proven that 1,400 out of 2,500 drug suspects were killed in February-April 2003 with no linkage to drugs.

The former committee led by former Attorney General Kanit Na Nakorn was appointed by General Surayuth Chulanonda’s government but had expired and not pursued in the following Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat administrations.

The Justice Ministry has prepared to appoint former Attorney-General Kampee Kaewcharoen to lead the investigative team since Mr Kanit has been selected to probe violent cases from the political rifts in the capital Bangkok during 12 March-19 May 2010. Mr Peerapan has confirmed Mr Kampee’s neutrality and non-affiliation with any political party. 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 carrying on the investigative process and seek explanation from the case not to prosecute anyone. Further prosecutions will only be conducted after the investigation is completed.