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NAME: Mr Sata Labo DATE OF INCIDENT: 9 January 2004 APPROX. LOCATION OF INCIDENT: police checkpoint, Narathiwat district, Narathiwat province DATE OF REPORT: 17 August 2005 ADDRESS OF VICTIM: 51 Banmai-mgam village no.6, Banpor sub-district, Narathiwat district, Narathiwat province AGE OF VICTIM: 34 ETHNICITY: Malayu SUMMARY OF TESTIMONY:16 Labourer Mr Sata Labo was disappeared on 9 January 2004. His house was searched by the police the day before he disappeared, on 8 January 2004. The police showed a search warrant and said they were looking for the stolen arsenal in connection with the Narathiwat Pileng army camp gun robbery case of 4 January 2004. Although no guns were found in the victim’s house, Sata was asked to later make his way to the police station for questioning. To make sure he would keep his word, the police confiscated his car and motorcycle. The victim’s younger sister recalls her brother signing a document in connection with this agreement. Sato collected the two vehicles that same afternoon, but his sister is unsure whether or not he was questioned by the police at that particular point. The next day, on 9 January 2004, Sata left the house in Banmai-mgam village (Banpor sub-district, Narathiwat province) by car (a red Honda Civic); he told his family he was going to renew his driving licence. At around noon, he phoned his sister to inform her that he had been stopped at a police checkpoint. He explained that the authorities had been searching his car and had asked him to visit Narathiwat Police Station. This phone call was the last time the family heard from Sata – he never came back. The account from an eyewitness matches the account of the phone conversation. The eyewitness recalls seeing a man in a red car being stopped by a policeman. However, information is scarce as people are afraid to come forward. OFFICIAL ACTION: The victim’s wife, went to complain and report the disappearance of her husband at Narathiwat Police Station. She also consulted with a lawyer with the intention to take the case to the civil court. The families each received 100,000 Baht from the Government on recommendation of the NRC. Incident 24

While JPF has documented this case firsthand, details here also draw extensively on the Human Rights Watch report, ‘It Was Like Suddenly My Son No Longer Existed’ published in 2007, available at: www.hrw.org/asia/thailand 16

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Enforced Disappearances in Thailand  

Enforced Disappearances in Thailand

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