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Salang testifies on massacre
- Subject: Salang testifies on massacre
- From: suriya@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 05 Nov 1998 21:18:00
November 5, 1998
Salang testifies on
Insists police opened fire in self-defence
A former deputy police chief yesterday told the provincial court that
his men acted in self-defence when they shot to death six suspected
drug traffickers here two years ago.
Pol Gen Salang Bunnag, who retired from the police force last
September, yesterday testified in a pre-trial hearing to determine
whether the fatal shooting amounted to extrajudicial killings or
murders. About 40 relatives of the dead suspects were also present.
Recalling the incident, Pol Gen Salang said he learned on Nov 26,
1996, that six armed men were holding three people hostage in a
house in Bang Pla Ma district. The gang had also shot and wounded a
local policeman, he said.
Pol Gen Salang said he flew to the province the next morning to
supervise a police operation to free the hostages. About 200
policemen were deployed to lay siege to the house.
Pol Gen Salang said he finally talked the six men into releasing the
hostages. Later on, the police took the six back to the house to look
Suddenly, he said, bursts of gunfire were heard from the house, adding
that he was outside the house at that time.
Pol Gen Salang told the court he believed his men had acted in
self-defence. News reports after the massacre however said the six
suspects were unarmed and hand-cuffed when they were taken back
to the house.
The case had been closed but was revived when the Democrat-led
government came into power.
Pol Gen Salang claimed the move to revive the case was politically
motivated. The officer was eventually suspended from active duty.
Pol Lt-Gen Seri Temiyavej, then commissioner of the Central
Investigation Bureau, was assigned to look into the case. The
investigation found 16 policemen and a police major-general guilty of
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