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Human rights team inspects extra judicial killing site

The National Human Rights Commission begins its fact-finding inspection at the site in Chiangdao district of Chiang Mai today where a Lahu hilltribe youth activist Chaiyaphum Pasae was shot dead by soldier for resisting search for drugs.

The fact-finding team is headed by NHRC commissioner Mrs Angkana Neelapaijit.

The call for fact-finding inquiry was demanded by the Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand and Youth Network in Creative Areas across the Country.

They felt what authorities described the fatal shooting as extra judicial killing was overacting or not as they learned that the victim was a good and active youth.

They also feared that witnesses might be living in fear if they give information to the team.

They claimed the authorities had provided misleading information, leading a bias against an ethnic group. They raised suspicions whether Chaiyaphum really had drug in his possession and threatened to use a grenade in resisting search and arrest.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday the case is pending investigation and has not yet been concluded.

He said more investigation is needed to find information and the police are working on it and are gathering evidence.

He asked all those suspicious of the extra judicial killing not to jump into conclusion as authorities are looking into evidence to find out who is guilty.

He assured all those found guilty would be punished by law, even the wrongdoer is soldier.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)