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The closest the family got to finding them was during a court process for the two dead: the government task force officer in the court said that Jaga was being detained at a juvenile detention center in Chiang Mai city. When the family travelled to the detention center the receiving officer found evidence of a person of that name, but was called aside by the Director and then changed his story that there was no one by the name of Jaga Ja-Ur and that they should go looking for him somewhere else, like the Baan Gingaow detention centre. OFFICIAL ACTION: The victim’s family did not report the incident to the police. They were, however, called to court and given the opportunity to press charges against the Drug Task Force 5th Regiment, but decided not to as they were worried that such action may place their remaining three missing relatives in danger. Incident 9 NAME: Mr Wichai Jalae DATE OF INCIDENT: 12 August 2009 or 2010 (informant could not remember the year, but remembered that it was on Mother’s Day) APPROX. LOCATION OF INCIDENT: Thai-Burmese border, Santondoo village no.6, Taton sub-district, Mae Ai district, Chiang Mai province. DATE OF REPORT: 23 September 2011 ADDRESS OF VICTIM: 213 village no.6, Taton sub-district, Mae Ai district, Chiang Mai province AGE OF VICTIM: 56 ETHNICITY: Lahu SUMMARY OF TESTIMONY: The incident happened on 12 August 2009 or 2010, on the national Mother’s Day. Five Santondoo villagers who witnessed the incident said that it happened near the national ThailandMyanmar border in the Mae Ai area, Chiang Mai province. Mr Wichai Jalae would generally get supplies from a shop in Thailand and sell them on the othe side of the border. He would typically take a basket of vegetables and dried goods to balance on his head for the journey. On that day, the villagers saw around 10 army rangers wearing uniforms and red neck scarves led by a specific Lieutenant (name provided to JPF) arrive at the border. They all came in a large army vehicle and took Wichai and two other villagers away with them. Ms Namee Ae Ja Lae (victim’s wife) was not at the scene of the incident because she was with her son at school attending a Mother’s Day event. She heard news about her husband’s arrest from her neighbours after returning home from school. They had themselves heard about her husband from someone else. The neighbours told her that Wichai was taken near the Thai-Myanmar border together with two other men named Ae Saw and Geaw. Right after hearing the news, Namee sought the help of her relatives, as well as the wives of the two other disappeared men, to look for the three victims at Santondoo army base. They asked the soldiers ‚Where are our husbands? Have you seen them? The children are crying for their fathers.‛ The soldiers replied that ‚They’ll come back home on their own soon.‛ 12

Enforced Disappearances in Thailand  

Enforced Disappearances in Thailand

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