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'Drug war' death to go to The Hague

A network of police-brutality victims yesterday requested help from the Democrat Party in filing complaints with the International Criminal Court over the death of a teenage boy at the hands of Kalasin-based police during the first Thaksin Shinawatra government's "war on drugs".

A Thai court recently convicted the officers of killing 17-year-old Kiattisak Thitbunkhrong in 2004.

The groups are led by an aunt of Kiattisak. She said she and several other members would be joint complainants in a number of lawsuits against Thaksin filed by the Democrat Party.

Democrat secretary-general Chalermchai Sri-on said a briefing would be held next week to report on the progress of the party's own efforts to lodge complaints and get compensation from the Yingluck government.

The network's Phikul Phormjan said more than 300 unidentified bodies had been found along the Thai-Cambodian border, and that a number of them were believed to be members of the Lahu hilltribe. It is believed they might be victims of police brutality during the Thaksin's notorious crackdown on suspected drug dealers.

Democrat spokesman Chavanond Intarakomal-yasut said many of the 2,559 people killed during the crackdown were murdered by police, and their relatives deserved full compensation of Bt7.75 million - the amount given to families of red shirts killed during violent protests in Bangkok two years ago.


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