Rights commissioner asks deputy police chief to find Billy

national July 08, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

Niran Pitakwatchara, a member of the National Human Rights Commission, yesterday called for help from national police deputy chief Pol General Aek Angsananont over the disappearance of Karen activist Pollachee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen on April 17.

Aek accepted the petition and said it was not known whether Billy was still alive. Police had looked into the case and sought evidence and eyewitnesses. Aek said Niran had presented a new account in his filing.

Forest rangers, who last saw Billy when they pulled over his motorcycle at a checkpoint near Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi, had claimed that Billy was carrying a small quantity of wild honey, probably in violation of park regulations, but actually it was 35 kilograms, which was in contrast with the volume stated in the rangers’ reports.

The inaccuracy has been reported to the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission for criminal investigation into the alleged malfeasance.

Aek said another clue from Niran was images of rangers’ conduct recorded by Billy on his cell phone.

He asked Niran for a seven-day period for the initial investigation.