Human rights committee to conclude report on October 7th incident next week

October 31st, 2008 - 3:51 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

A Special Committee for Human Rights investigating the October 7th incident reveals that it will conclude its report within next week after recieving testimony from the Prime Minister.

Member of the National Human Rights Commission and Chairman of the Special Committee investigating the October 7th clash between police and protestors, Surasee Kosolnawin (สุรสีห์ โกศลนาวิน), revealed that Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat gave his testimony to the committee last night. The PM gave details of a Cabinet meeting preceding the October 7th event and affirmed that police dealings with protestors were lawful, assuring that he had not ordered the dispersal.

Mr. Surasee however stated that a probe into the weaponary used during the incident found a variety of armaments prompting the committee to contact military experts to review the details of each weapon. The committee is attempting to conclude its report on the incident by next week but reminded that it was not formed to point blame at any group for the incident, rather only to find any infringements on human rights. The comittee’s report will be reviewed by the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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