The Labour Law Clinic acted as facilitator for the victims’ families during the investigation process and sued the police officials on the migrants’ behalf. Police Senior Sergeant Major Somchai Pinkaew and another five perpetrators were found guilty. Somchai committed suicide, while the other five escaped to Burma. The case is still under way.
NORTH Incident 4 NAME: Mr Ja-uer Pawlu DATE OF INCIDENT: 25 October 2002 APPROX. LOCATION OF INCIDENT: near Ang Kang Mountain, Fang district, Chiang Mai province DATE OF REPORT: 23 September 2011 ADDRESS OF VICTIM: 974 village no.5, Monpin sub-district, Fang district, Chiang Mai province AGE OF VICTIM: 32 ETHNICITY: Lahu SUMMARY OF TESTIMONY: On 25 October 2002, Mr Ja-uer Pawlu went to see friends. His wife was at home when she heard that her husband was taken along with two of his friends. Many people saw the incident occur on the way to Ang Kang Mountain. Eyewitnesses said the vehicle looked like it had the Thai Narcotics Control Board markings on it and believed the officers worked for the government because they carried guns. They took Ja-uer and two of his friends, as well as his motorcycle. An informant said that Ja-uer’s two friends had previously been caught with amphetamine samples. A different friend of Ja-uer worked as a drug scout allegedly for the national control officials. It is possible that the disappearance of Ja-uer’s two friends and Ja-uer was part of an undercover operation involving the friend who worked as a scout and the Thai Narcotics Control Board.
OFFICIAL ACTION: Ja-uer’s family searched for him in many army camps in Mae Ai and Nong Ook in Chang Dao. They also reported the case to the Fang Police Station.
Incident 5 NAME: Mr Jafa Jahay, Jatipoh Lungtha and Mr Montri Jagea (formely Mr Jatee Jagea) DATE OF INCIDENT: late May 2003 5
Enforced Disappearances in Thailand