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Incident 14 NAME: Mr Wan Ue-Bon-Shue and Mrs Somai Ue-Bon-Shue DATE OF INCIDENT: 14 May 2005 APPROX. LOCATION OF INCIDENT: Kalasin city, Kalasin district, Kalasin province DATE OF REPORT: 19 September 2011 ADDRESS OF VICTIM: Pon Gnam village, Pon Gnam sub-district, Gam-Ma-La-Sai district, Kalasin province AGE OF VICTIM: unknown ETHNICITY: Thai SUMMARY OF TESTIMONY: On 14 May 2005, between noon and 8 p.m., bed merchants Mr and Mrs Ue-BonShue, were disappeared in Kalasin city centre. The son of the couple said that the victims had driven together into Kalasin town for a dentist appointment that afternoon. Whilst looking for CCTV footage from the bank and dentist where they stopped, the son was told by the only eyewitness – a guard at a telephone authority company – that he had seen three or four men driving in front of the victims’ vehicle forcing them to break, then pulling them out and putting them into headlocks. He then said that the victims were taken away into two vehicles driven by the perpetrators. Unfortunately, the guard refuses to come forward to give testimony out-of-fear. Furthermore, the bank’s CCTV footage places the victims at Nakon Luang Thai Bank’s cash machine at around noon. More footage shows two men wearing baseball caps withdrawing money from the victims’ bank account at 8 p.m. at a different cash-point but with the victims’ car – a bronze and silver Isuzu Dragon – in the background of the video. Based on this information, it can be presumed that the victim was taken between noon and 8 p.m. The informants and other relatives of the family went looking for them everywhere, starting with the hospital, then the dentist they were meant to see that day, and even the nearby fields and forests, to look for bodies in case they had been killed – they found nothing. The informants are not sure why the victims were taken, but they have a feeling that it may have something to do with wiping out drugs. As part of the then-Government’s policy on the so-called ‚War on Drugs‛ people were asked to write anonymously to their village headmen about those they suspected of having an involvement with drugs. The family felt the policy opened a window for more privileged families to be slandered and falsely accused on the basis of monetary jealousy. The Ue-Bon-Shue family had a business making and selling handmade mattresses and pillows, and made millions of Baht per year – much more than the average income in the region. 18

Enforced Disappearances in Thailand  

Enforced Disappearances in Thailand

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