Police accused of ill-treatment while searching Sonthiyan's home
February 11, 2014 00:00
More than 50 police Tuesday searched anti-government leader Sonthiyan Chuenruethainaitham's house in Samphran in Nakhon Pathom and seized two bulletproof vests, a communication radio and documents - amid complaints from his family that police overstepped
Thiwa Chuenruethainaitham, 53, Sonthiyan’s wife, refused to put her signature on the search warrant but recorded it instead on a camera before police took Sonthiyan’s driver and his aide Worapoj Chaidej for questioning at Phokaew police station.
Daruni Chuenruethainaitham, Sonthiyan’s sister said that police over-reacted and abused their power even though they presented a search warrant approved by Nakhon Pathom Provincial Court. She said heavily armed police climbed over the wall to the house without ringing the bell and were rude to them. She would file a complaint against police for their “ill-treatment”.
Thiwa said she was sleeping in the early morning with her daughter when police climbed over her fence. She quickly locked the house and only allowed uniformed police to enter.