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APPROX. LOCATION OF INCIDENT: Beujang village, Bor Gnor sub-district, Ra-ngae district, Narathiwat province DATE OF REPORT: numerous interviews were conducted prior to murder of the victim’s wife. The most recent was around June 2011. ADDRESS OF VICTIM: Beujang village, Bor Gnor sub-district, Ra-ngae district, Narathiwat province AGE OF VICTIM: 25 (approx.) ETHNICITY: Malayu SUMMARY OF TESTIMONY: Mr Abdulloh Abukaree was one of the five young men25 who were arrested in conjunction with the Narathiwat Pileng Camp gun robbery case of 4 January 2004. The men were alleged to have been tortured (beaten and being urinated on the face and in the mouth) whilst in detention with the police. Their defence lawyer (who was himself disappeared on March 12, 2004) had voiced strong public criticism of the torture perpetrated by the police and filed a case against the alleged police perpetrators. Although the gun robbery case was later dismissed by the Narathiwat Court, the torture allegations were taken on by the DSI. The DSI henceforth provided protection for Mr Abukaree and two others26 to later testify in the Court for the crimes they witnessed. The DSI presented their investigation report to the Office of the National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC) which subsequently called for more than 10 police officers to be investigated. The person in charge of the investigation was Colonel Piyawat Kingket, Head of Special Case Investigation, DSI. Under the witness protection programme, Abdulloh was forced to relocate to Bangkok by himself; away from his family to Narathiwat. It had been five years since he had been in the programme when he decided to visit home for the Muslim New Year. He returned to Beujang village on 23 November 2009. On 11 December 2009, at around 8 p.m., the victim left his house by motorbike to go to meet friends at a teashop near his house. His wife said it was common for her husband to go out after the evening prayer, but that he would normally be back by 10 p.m. This time she waited all night but he never returned.27 Later that night, Abdulloh’s wife heard a noise which sounded like her husband’s motorbike. She also said she heard what sounded like his motorbike horn three times in front of the house. She then heard one gunshot in front of the house. She looked out the window but saw nothing so she and the children went to sleep. The next morning, on 12 December 2009, she told the Village Headman about last night’s incident. The Village Headman called her to say that her husband’s motorbike (a bronze Honda Wave) was found by soldiers parked in front of the Tan Yong Limor village, 20 km from her house. The motorbike was returned to the victim’s family after the police kept it for two weeks for forensics. Mr Makata Harong, Mr Sukree Maming, Mr Manasae Mama, Mr Suderueman Malae and Mr Abdulloh Abukaree Mr Manasae Mama and Mr Suderueman Malae 27 Isara Institution News Online, interview with Jeh-Rohaning Yusoh on December 28, 2009, available at: www.isaranews.org 25 26

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Enforced Disappearances in Thailand  

Enforced Disappearances in Thailand

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