After over two years in jail, a man suspected of bombing a Thai court has been released on bail, since no witnesses have testified to his guilt. On 18 May 2017, Bangkok Military Court released Sansern Sriounruen after his family offered a 6 million baht land deed as surety for bail. He is one of 16 suspected of being behind the bombing of Bangkok Criminal Court on 7 March 2014.
An elderly bombing suspect has urged the police to reinvestigate his alleged brutal torture by military officers while he was detained under martial law. Sansern Sriounruen, a 63 years-old suspect in a case related to explosions at the Bangkok Criminal Court and Siam Square, and planned explosive attacks in other locations in Bangkok in early March 2015, plans to submit a letter tomorrow, 21 July 2015, to request the Royal Thai Police to investigate his allegations of torture.
A red-shirt suspect in the March Criminal Court bombing has condemned the police’s dismissal of his torture allegations as “unfair and unlawful.” Sansern Sriounruen, a red-shirt accused of involvement in the 7 March Criminal Court bombing, was captured and held in military detention under martial law in early March.
The military court rejected the bail request of a criminal court bombing suspect who was allegedly tortured by the police under custody. Bangkok’s military court on Monday denied a bail request submitted by Sansern Sriounruen, 54, one of the four criminal court bombing suspects who were reportedly tortured under military detention in early March.
Amnesty International has called on its members around the world to send letters to the Thai authorities to voice concerns over the alleged torture of suspects in the Bangkok court bombing case. The London-based organization called for the letters to be sent to the Thai Army Chief and the Thai Police Chief. The International Secretariat of Amnesty International, based in London, issued the call on 20 March. It says two suspects, Surapon Eamsuwan and Wasu Eamla-au, were in danger of ill treatment and torture.
The Thai police have denied allegations of torture by the Bangkok court bombing suspects, claiming that the suspects did not say anything as such. Meanwhile, human rights lawyers requested to see the medical examination reports of the suspects. Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri, spokesperson of the Royal Thai Police, on Thursday dismissed the allegations. “I already asked each of the suspects myself during the medical examination, but no one said anything,” said the police spokesman.
Four of nine suspects in a case related to explosions in Bangkok say they faced torture and ill-treatment during military detention in March. A communist-turned-red-shirt, Sansern Sriounruen is one of the four. He revealed his account of the story, which involves a hunger strike and brutal torture.
(New York, March 19, 2015) – Thai authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the alleged torture of suspects while they were held incommunicado in military custody, Human Rights Watch said today.