wife and children. The assailants showed no warrants and forced Marudin out of the house. The family was not provided with a reason for the attack. They left and Marudin was never seen again. Ms Marissa Sakor, who is the victim’s wife, recognized the assailants from a unit based from Suraj School, although she could not make out their exact unit number. That night the victim’s wife was not able to get help as a curfew prevented her from going outside. However, at the break of dawn the next morning she went to the Village Headman and told him about the incident. They went together to Bannang Sata Police Station to report it. In addition, they checked Yea-lapae military camp, but found nothing – the officers denied having a motive to take Marudin. The incident occurred during the period when the Police Chief of Bannang Sata District, Sompien Akesomya, implemented the ‚Battle to Protect Bannang Sata‛ (Yuttakarn Pitak Bannang Sata) and had ordered arrests of anyone suspecting of involvement in the insurgency. OFFICIAL ACTION: The victim’s wife, with the help of the Village Headman, filed a complaint at Bannang Sata Police Station. To date, there has been no news of Marudin’s whereabouts.
Incident 34 NAME: Mr Wea-asi Wea-su DATE OF INCIDENT: 2 November 2007 APPROX. LOCATION OF INCIDENT: victim’s residence (as given address) DATE OF REPORT: 29 August 2008 ADDRESS OF VICTIM: 125/1 village no.4, Banang Kuwae sub-district, Bannang Sata district, Yala province AGE OF VICTIM: 28 ETHNICITY: Malayu SUMMARY OF TESTIMONY: On 2 November 2007, Mr Wea-asi Wea-su was picked up from his house by armed men claiming to be the police. Since then, he has not returned home. The victim’s sister and brother-in-law were at the victim’s home when the incident happened. They remember the victim tidying his porch when all of a sudden a bronze pickup truck drove up in front of him. There were four men in the vehicle, but only two stepped out. They were dressed of similar green attire that the Royal Thai Police typically wear. The onlookers did not notice an insignia on their uniforms that identified their unit. They, however, noticed that the vehicle had a Kor Tor Mor number plate. The alleged policemen approached the victim and said they were after a ‚Mr Wea-su‛. The victim confirmed he was the one they were looking for. They asked that Wea-asi go to the police station immediately – they did not speak of the specific issue this concerned. The victim simply got in their car and they drove off. There was 44
Enforced Disappearances in Thailand