Thailand: the Appeals Court verdict in the Somchai Neelapaijit case: was justice delivered?

On 11th March 2011, the Court of Appeals rendered a verdict acquitting all five police officers accused of abducting, killing and “disappearing” prominent Muslim lawyer, Somchai Neelapaijit. This decision has important consequences not only for the Somchai case itself, but for broader issues of justice, human rights and rule of law in Thailand. The Justice for Peace Foundation (JPF) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) will be holding a public event to examine key legal and political issues concerning this case, from 12:00 – 15:00 on 17th March at the FCCT. The event will be in Thai and English, with simultaneous translation. It will feature a film of Somchai’s last public speech the night before his enforced disappearance, followed by speakers:

  • Angkhana and Pratabjit Neelapaijit, widow and daughter of Somchai
  • Vitit Muntarborn, Professor, Chulalongkorn University, UN human rights expert
  • Roger Normand, ICJ Asia Pacific Director

Their brief presentations will be followed by an extended question-and-answer session. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Thailand-judgement Somchai Neelapajit case-agenda-2011-eng (full text in English, PDF)

Thailand-judgement Somchai Neelapajit case-agenda-2011-tha (full text in Thai, PDF)