Jailed teacher sues after bomb charges dropped

national May 29, 2018 01:00

By KESINEE TANGKHIEO
THE NATION

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A RED-SHIRT demonstrator has filed a lawsuit against 12 police officers, including Deputy National Police Commissioner Pol General Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, for throwing her in jail without justification.



Chiang Mai teacher Amporn “Kru Khaek” Jaikon spent one year and seven days behind bars after police identified her as a suspect in two criminal cases. 

The Criminal Court has dropped both cases against her. 

Amporn, who allied with the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, emerged as a suspect after explosives were found at Saman Metta Mansion in Nonthaburi province in 2010.

Police investigators said the haul of explosives found at the mansion was linked to a series of bomb attacks in Bangkok and surrounding areas.

Amporn was implicated in the bomb blast, which killed four people, and her prosecution led to her being detained awaiting trial. 

However, the Criminal Court has now resolved to drop both of the two cases against her, citing insufficient evidence. 

“The police officers who brought the cases against me have abused their authority,” Amporn said yesterday as she turned up at the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases. 

By her side was her lawyer, Benjarat Meetian. 

“I want justice,” Amporn said. 

She added that the police allegations had damaged her reputation. 

“While locked up in jail, I lost my family,” Amporn said, without elaborating. 

She added that belongings had also been stolen from her house, which had been left empty. 

“I have decided to sue the police officers in charge of my case so as to ensure that no other Thais will have to face the same fate as mine,” she said. 

“It was painful to be in jail when I had done nothing wrong.” 

The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases will announce on June 12 whether it will hear Amporn’s complaint. 

In it, Srivara, three police major generals, and several other commissioned police officers are accused of wrongdoing. 

Amporn said she would also |seek compensation from the |Justice Ministry over her unfair incarceration.